Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The computer game that reads your mind.....

No, this isn't about the mind-reading computer chips the CIA has had put into every Xbox 360.

I'm not telling you about those.

This is about a game call 'Mindball'. Mindball is... well frankly it's a very dull game: You try to push a ball into your opponents goal, and he tries to push it into yours. What makes it challenging is that you have to move the ball with your thoughts alone.

Yep, you read that right: You have to move the ball by sheer force of will.

The game literally reads your brainwave patterns, and the ball rolls away from whoever can will their brainwaves calm better - it's like armless arm wrestling, or tug of war without a rope. Here, have a look:

The company that builds these also sells: 

The 'Mindball trainer' a sort of one player version of the game.
The  'Mindmove integrated', which, if I understood the blurb right, lets you control computer programs with your brainwaves.
An electronic mirror with a three second delay on it. I'm not totally sure why, but it sounds like truly hilarious thing to do to the Jehovahs' when they come over....