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NeuroSky Upgrades SDK, Allows For Eye Blink, Brainwave-Powered Games
NeuroSky Upgrades SDK, Allows For Eye Blink, Brainwave-Powered Games
June 30, 2010 | By Tom Curtis

NeuroSky announced upgrade v2.1 for their Mindset SDK, which includes eye blink detection in addition to the tool’s brainwave measuring features.

The Mindset interface detects electrical impulses to measure brain activity, and can translate certain mental states and brain patterns into digital input for use in games and applications. The tool’s SDK allows developers to use unfiltered brainwave measurements for more complicated programs.

NeuroSky hopes the inclusion of blink detection will further enhance this interface for use in games and other software.

"With the inclusion of the blink APIs in the MindSet Development Tools, we are providing developers with another powerful tool for application design," explained Tansy Brook, the Head of Communications for NeuroSky.

"Blinks are more immediately actionable than brainwaves, making this feature a great 'jumping off point' for introducing people to Brain-Computer Interface technology and helping them to become familiar with this new genre of interface."

Several applications and games for the Mindset interface are available for download, and the tool was used in several children’s toys in 2009.

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Chuan Lim
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Qualitative or quantitative? that is the question,

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer,

The probes and narrows of outrageous design,

Or to take motion against a Wii of troubles,

And by opposing end them? To pay: to game;

No more; and by a game to say we end,

The heart-ache and the thousand disappointments,

That Flash is heir to, 'tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish'd. To pay, to game;

To game: perchance to dream: ay, there's the nub;

For in that game of EEG what dreams may come ..


Might be interesting to measure your REM while sleeping.? I suppose most of the "content" that exists in our brains is stored there chemically as sound -> language, images -> context and the trick is how the plumbing can describe or trigger the sewage; where blinking is akin to flushing the toilet.

Have been reading about acoustics & physiology lately and there are some pretty weird connections in the brain such as how your early vocabulary and understanding of vocal patterns actually influences what you hear and how the ear attenuates itself to sounds in later life. Perhaps these brain connections are important in lieu of being able to "translate" actual thoughts and intent.

-- Chuan