Samsung Demos Mind-Controlled Tablet

4-22-2013 9-25-05 PM

MIT’s Technology Review recently profiled efforts that are underway at Samsung to develop a concept device that would allow users with physical limitations to interact with a fully functioning tablet through a brain-computer interface, or in layman’s terms, mind control.

In collaboration with researchers from the University of Texas, Dallas, Samsung researchers are testing the usability of the interface to execute a host of different functions from launching an app to playing a song or making a call. The device is even able to be turned off or on via mind control.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was selected for the research. It has been outfitted with a cap studded with EEG-monitoring electrodes that integrate directly with the phone’s controls.

While the prototype is not intended for market release, it does represent a step toward the larger goal of developing a brain-computer interface capable of delivering new ways of interacting with smartphones and tablets. Among that research includes not only testing usability of the software, but also developing more convenient and user friendly EEG sensors. Current sensors can only accurately measure a new command once every five seconds.

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