Next-Generation Joysticks

According to the Neurophilosopher a patient with epilepsy was fitted with a BCI2000, a device that monitors brain activity, to monitor his seizures.

Because the patient was required to remain connected to the BCI until he had a seizure, engineers programmed Atari software [space invaders] so that it was compatible with the device, making the wait more entertaining for the patient.

“He cleared out the whole level one basically on brain control,” says Eric C. Leuthardt, an assistant professor of neurosurgery involved in the work. “He learned almost instantaneously. We then gave him a more challenging version…and he mastered two levels there playing only with his imagination.”

The Wii will be out of date before it even ships on November 17.

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