What will the Emotiv headset bring to our daily existence?

The Emotiv headset may be a ground-breaking gadget that enables a consumer to interact with the virtual location by reading his/her ‘thoughts’. Fundamentally, the headset accounts the brain’s electrical indicators and translates your thought-orders into digital actions.

The Emotiv headset works by using a device generally known as an EEG, or electroencephalograph, to monitor the human brain waves (and emotional responses) of every gamer, nearly instantaneously translating those readings into digital reactions, actions and responses.

The sensible applications could be enormously decent, but also possibly hideous. On the plus side, disabled people might have their lives entirely turned around, regaining an enormous quality of independence by thought-controlling numerous home devices. To grow the idea, paraplegic and quadriplegic users might generate thought-controlled virtual avatars and interact with other people in real time.

The potential to reform the world of gaming can be very evident, as Jane McGrath, of How StuffWorks.com, explains,

“If the EEG gaming technology eventually catches on, it could revolutionize the way people think about video games in much the same way the Nintendo Wii did (or perhaps more). On the one hand, with its facial expression interpretations, the Emotiv EPOC attempts to close the gap further between the real world and the virtual world to create a more realistic experience, much like the Wii does. On the other hand, the Emotiv EPOC also tries to bridge the gap between human thought and the outside world to create an experience that’s less like reality and more fantastical and dreamlike. The technology behind EPOC eliminates the middleman of motion altogether — a staggering thought to consider”.

Of a likely downside, that’s probably chasmic, McGrath states.

“Should researchers continue making more breakthroughs to advance EEG technology, it could plausibly lead to computers that can, in essence, read someone’s mind. Those with the technology could be privy to the private thoughts, opinions and emotions of others. Granted, this could be very far off, considering where the technology (and our understanding of the human brain) is now. Nevertheless, we can’t rule out the possibility entirely. Perhaps we shouldn’t dismiss the prospect of Thought Police (like that in George Orwell’s “1984”) as mere alarmism”.

Simply, this thing freeks me out. I just do not like the concept of a thought-activated computer, it makes my skin crawl. But hey, that’s just me. Also, in case you’re a male of our species, you would likely be dredging up porn sites every 7 seconds.

It has also been recommended in some quarters for which you’ll have the capacity to simply imagine a person and that said PC system will automatically place a phone call to them. The very last thing I want to do is be considering some old girlfriend of suchlike and abruptly end up phoning her. No, just no. That is a can of worms that basically doesn’t need opening up, thank you very much.

On the other hand, whatever my thoughts on it happen to be (and, for now at the least, I have the option to keep them confidential), the Emotiv Epoc headset will shortly be available to the average customer, priced around $299 (that is just under £200 to us Brits).