Mobile Phone Mind Control
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Date posted: 03/04/2010
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The Brain

A new device from Dartmouth College lets users select and dial a contact's phone number just by thinking about it.

NeuroPhone was developed by assistant professor of computer science Tanzeem Choudhury, professor Andrew Campbell and others. It uses neural signals detected by an off-the-shelf wireless EEG headset from Emotiv to control an iPhone. A mind-controlled contact-dialing app flashes photos of contacts--when the user sees the contact she wants to call, a specific signature of brain activity triggers the system, which automatically tells the iPhone to dial that person.

In contrast to voice activation or eye tracking, the team says brain-control could allow for easy and silent phone use, and for conveying emotional states to other users. The team showed that the system works more reliably by detecting electrical signals from muscle movement when a user winks to select a contact.

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