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    <strong>Students in Singapore Develop Mind-Controlled System</strong>

Thinking about turning on the television set? Well, hold that thought.

A new system developed by students in Singapore allows users to switch household appliances on and off using just their minds. The technology could be particularly useful for the physically disabled, who struggle with everyday tasks.

It works by reading out a list of appliances such as fans, television sets or lights though a headset. When users hear the one they want, they focus their minds on it. The headset picks up the brain signal, and sends it down a wire to a smartphone. The command is then transmitted to a control box, which carries it out.

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The Army’s Totally Serious Mind-Control Project – TIME

Soldiers barking orders at each other is so 20th Century. That’s why the U.S. Army has just awarded a $4 million contract to begin developing “thought helmets” that would harness silent brain waves for secure communication among troops. Ultimately, the Army hopes the project will “lead to direct mental control of military systems by thought alone.”
If this sounds insane, it would have been as recently as a few years ago. But improvements in computing power and a better understanding of how the brain works have scientists busy hunting for the distinctive neural fingerprints that flash through a brain when a person is talking to himself. The Army’s initial goal is to capture those brain waves with incredibly sophisticated software that then translates the waves into audible radio messages for other troops in the field. “It’d be radio without a microphone, ” says Dr. Elmar Schmeisser, the Army neuroscientist overseeing the program. “Because soldiers are already trained to talk in clean, clear and formulaic ways, it would be a very small step to have them think that way.”

Link: The Army’s Totally Serious Mind-Control Project – TIME

See also (from the future!):

  1. UW Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/08/27/researcher-controls-colleagues-motions-in-1st-human-brain-to-brain-interface/
  2. Neuroscientist David Sulzer Turns Brain Waves Into Music http://news.columbia.edu/research/2855

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