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Gen-next toys may be controlled by your thoughts

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Published Dec 16, 2016, 9:05 pm IST
Updated Dec 17, 2016, 7:46 am IST
Sensors in the headset measure the electrical impulses from brain at various frequencies - each frequency can be somewhat controlled.
This could be based on levels of concentration – thinking of your favourite colour or stroking your dog, for example, researchers said. (Representational image)
 This could be based on levels of concentration – thinking of your favourite colour or stroking your dog, for example, researchers said. (Representational image)

Some of the most popular toys on the children's list to Santa on Christmas eve like remote-operated cars, helicopters and toy robots may soon be controlled via a headset using the power of thoughts, scientists say.

Researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK have developed a technology which allows electronic devices to be activated using electrical impulses from brain waves, by connecting our thoughts to computerised systems.

 

This could be based on levels of concentration – thinking of your favourite colour or stroking your dog, for example, researchers said. Instead of a hand-held controller, a headset is used to create a brain-computer interface - a communication link between the human brain and the computerised device.

Sensors in the headset measure the electrical impulses from brain at various frequencies - each frequency can be somewhat controlled, under special circumstances. This activity is then processed by a computer, amplified and fed into the electrical circuit of the electronic toy.

"Whilst brain-computer interfaces already exist – there are already a few gaming headsets on the market – their functionality has been quite limited," said Christopher James, professor at Warwick.

"New research is making the headsets now read cleaner and stronger signals than ever before - this means stronger links to the toy, game or action thus making it a very immersive experience," said James.

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