In a series of three musical conferences called Regen, 48 participants controlled the musical output of live computerized jazz players. Hundreds of people lined up around the block to take part. The event was featured on Discovery Channel and covered internationally in print and online publications, including Wired Magazine and The Globe and Mail.
Two hot tubs were placed in public venues on opposite sides of the city: one on a roof, one on a sidewalk outside a store. Strangers were then encouraged to enter either one of the tubs to share their brainwaves. Each person's experience informed another's as their biological signals – heartrate, brainwaves, etc. – were shared between “wash nodes” to control the lights, sounds and settings of the other tub.
As part of a larger exhibition celebrating the first man in space, InteraXon created their first public installment at the Ontario Science Center, Canada's foremost family science museum. Participants raced each other to the moon by generating alpha waves with their minds. Visitors walked away amazed by the technology – many left feeling downright over the moon about it.
Trekzac Festicon (a Toronto Star Trek Convention): the ultimate venue for showcasing brain controlled technology. InteraXon created a faithful replica of the thought-controlled video game in The Next Generation episode “The Game” where players use brainwaves to shoot discs into a moving cone. The Game was covered as part of CTV's webMANIA segment; included in the Electric Eclectics, an outdoor art and music festival; and demonstrated at the Ontario Premier's Innovation Awards.
InteraXon was invited to demonstrate their technology at the Premier's Innovation Awards for the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. These prestigious awards are an integral component of Ontario's eight-year agenda to support research excellence and grow the industries shaping our future. InteraXon's main demonstration included a musical concert sans voices or traditional instruments – every sound was created by virtual instruments and controlled by thought. Even Premier Dalton McGuinty couldn't resist a chance to try the technology.
InteraXon's brain controlled interface was the seminal performer at the International Conference on Computer Music, held in Copenhagen in September of 2007. Working with the themes of water and the brain, members of the InteraXon team performed and presented three conference talks and academic papers on the technology and its innovations.
Brainwave-controlled furniture has always been of extreme interest to Ariel Garten over the years, and when that interest finally took shape early in 2009, it was in the form of a levitating chair. To begin the experience participants put on a headset and then settle down into a translucent, oval chair suspended from the ceiling. As they relax, a computer screen before them displays their rising Alpha waves. Past a certain Alpha activity threshold, the chair begins to move. The user can then control the environment around them, including lights and sounds, as well as the ability to raise and lower the chair. Finally, proof that it is possible to levitate as a result of meditation.