How many times have we wished to be able to control things just through our thoughts? We have seen or read it in sc-fi shows and books, and now, we seem to be inching closer to that dream. Toronto-based company Interaxon is vying to get its name along with the technology giants. It has developed technology that lets someone control a series of lights using only their minds.
Interaxon is not the first company to work on a mind control concept. The Japanese technology giant Honda, which gave us the iconic and adorable ASIMO, is working on a thought controlled robot. At the Consumer Electronics show last month, Mattel introduced an interesting Mindflex game which makes use of the user’s brain to control the height of a floating ball...
Interaxon will unveil its take on brain powered technology at Vancouver Winter Olympics this month. InteraXon’s demo is sponsored by Ontario’s provincial government and will light up displays at three popular spots in Canada - Toronto’s CN tower, Ottawa’s parliament building and the very famous Niagara Falls. Sports enthusiasts will also have an added advantage of viewing this spectacle. The show will also be broadcast on massive screens in Ontario.
The lights in Ottawa’s Parliament building will cover the Parliament building with snowflakes. At the Niagara Falls, people will get 15 seconds to use their thoughts to choose the color they would like for each of the seven lights illuminating the landmark Horseshow Falls. Toronto’s CN tower will be a different treat for the visitors. Their brains will exercise control over the intensity of light travelling up and down at the CN Tower. They can also control the speed of a structure residing under the observation deck: complete concentration by the people will see the Radome spin faster and the lights on elevator shaft and antenna become brighter and more intense. Relaxation will act in the opposite manner, reducing the speed and intensity of light.
Users will wear a headset designed by Interaxon. The device has a mechanism which allows it to read the alpha and beta waves released by the users mind. The alpha waves correspond to relaxation and beta waves correspond to concentration. By concentrating or relaxing, the computer connected to the handset will receive a signal which will then induce a change in lights associated with that thought and will transmit it over to one of the three light shows through the internet.