Saturday, November 15, 2008

On the Horizon

EDUCAUSE and the New Media Consortium look at emerging technologies each year and publish a report on those that they believe will impact higher education in one year, three years, five years. The 2008 report is linked above; the 2009 report should be coming out soon. This is a good way to keep abreast of the changes that are on the near horizon.

NeuroSky Inc. has developed a non-invasive, dry, bio-sensor family of products that capture the electrical waves generated by neurological activity and eye movements and translate mental state information into digital signals for simple Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI). The Mindset headset is a brainwave sensing device that is now commercially available. Talk about transparency! Just think and you can control on-screen objects.

Here are a couple of YouTube reports - one showing the Mindset in operation:

And, Stanford University held a seminar to examine the Emotiv Epoc headset:

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