NeuroGaming Expo: Mind-Controlled Gaming Brilliant, Not Terrifying

By Richard Wordsworth on at

Controlling video games with your brain. Science fiction, you say? Pfft. All the kids are doing it. And by 'kids' we mean 'developers at the second annual NeuroGaming Conference and Expo San Francisco'. And by 'are' we mean 'were, on Wednesday and Thursday this week' - but let's not get hung up on semantics.

You can already buy some (largely pretty sketchy) gaming peripherals that claim to read electrical patterns in your brain and translate them into commands for video games. But as PCWorld discovered this week, the exhibitors at NeuroGaming are building real, working games and tech from the ground up for you to psychically commandeer with nowt but your brain waves. So, good news if you're the sort of person who relaxes after a tough week by chucking barrels around using brain power - now you can indulge your weirdly specific hobby with games like Throw Trucks With Your Mind! Welcome to the future.

Also on show were a whole bevvy of electroencephalograms (Minority Report brain-scanning controllers), including the $1.6 million Kickstarter success story, the Emotiv Insight (a headset that "monitors your brain activity and translates EEG into meaningful data you can understand") the PrioVR super-low-budget motion capture suit and Think Gum - like chewing gum for your brain. And also for your mouth.

PCWorld has a full slideshow of its findings from NeuroGaming. Why don't you drag your mouse cursor all the way down to the link below and click on it with your stupid analogue finger, grandad?

Via PCWorld