(Editors Note: this blog post has been changed from the original version that was published on September 9th)
Tomorrow we’re flying to San Francisco for Tech Crunch Disrupt to demonstrate some amazing brainwave technology. As one of the biggest annual technology conferences kicks off, we’re rounding up some of the most exciting news highlights from this past week. Digital Art Director Dhani Sutanto turns the human body into a natural user interface with our surrounding environment, using wearable tech; projections for mind controlled technologies in video gaming; and just for fun, popular video game tropes come to life in a new EEG video demonstration from Mashable.
1// Wearable Technology Turns The Body Into The Natural User Interface
The Oyster Card Ring combines London’s monthly transit pass – the Oyster Card – into a piece of wearable technology. Dhani Sutanto embedded the chip of the Oyster Card into a resin ring mould.
The ring looks at how a piece of wearable technology can turn the human body into a natural user interface with our surrounding environment. Sutanto wanted to examine how a physical object could merge with our virtual identities; how the current definition of a “user interface” could be reinterpreted as a seamless extension of the body.
Sutanto’s Oyster Card Ring is a piece of wearable technology worn as a fashion accessory. This design solution is one of several examples in this space right now: users can swipe the ring at a turnstile on a subway, and the transit system tracks his or her movements as if it was a normal transit pass.
2// The Future Of Gaming Is….
This past week Dr. Cassibry, of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, gave an interview to Phys.Org on his projections for how mind controlled-technologies will shape the future of gaming. He suggested that user experiences could be generated without requiring a screen as technology develops in the coming years.
3// And Just For Fun
Meanwhile: a popular gaming trope is brought to life when Mashable published this video, of a makerspace volunteer blowing up a watermelon while wearing an EEG headset.
The video shows a hacker/makerspace in Louisville demonstrating the explosion. Wearing an off-the-shelf EEG headset, brain signals are sent to a C02 canon that was built in the makerspace. That canon is mounted at the bottom of the watermelon. The outcome is both hilarious and messy, as you can see in the video link above!
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