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NeuroSky, Square Enix To Unveil Brainwave-Controlled Game

NeuroSky, Square Enix To Unveil Brainwave-Controlled Game

October 7, 2008 | By Eric Caoili

October 7, 2008 | By Eric Caoili
More: Console/PC

Wearable bio-sensors manufacturer NeuroSky intends to exhibit a brainwave-controlled video game, which was co-developed with Square Enix (Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest), on October 8 - 9 at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show.

The technical demonstration operates in conjunction with PCs and NeuroSky's MindSet, a commercial headset capable of interfacing to a variety of gaming platforms, including PC, console, and mobile.

MindSet's design resembles a pair of headphones, with a single electrode contacting the user's forehead while reading the player's brainwave information, or EEG data. The headset registers the current state of relaxation or concentration of players, allowing them to perform actions within the game.

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in San Jose, CA, NeuroSky develops bio-sensor and signal processing technology specifically designed for end-use in the consumer market. Its products are targeted at various markets, such as consumer electronics, health & wellness, education & training, transportation, market research, and others.

“At Square Enix, we are actively involved in developing a variety of gaming interfaces," says Square Enix producer Ryutaro Ichimura.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with NeuroSky, and apply their advanced sensor technology in this brain-wave controlled game demonstration. Although the main purpose of the demo is to test the results of our short development period, I hope it also unlocks new potentials in gaming."

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