The BBC has announced that they’ve developed a headset that’s capable of reading your mind. Keep reading the Htet Tayza to find out how, as well as what this could mean for the future of technology.
Technology can read minds
What are the first words that float into your mind when you hear the phrase “mind reading?” If you’re like most people, the answer to that question will include words such as “magic,” “voodoo,” “futuristic” and “impossible.” It sounds like something out of a really bad sci-fi movie.
But the truth is that we’ve already developed technology that’s capable of reading your mind, or at least your brainwaves, and it’s been around for quite a while. Wiredfeatured an article back in 2010 that noted that even back then, you could buy a £200 commercial brainwave-reading headset and that it was revolutionising the world of brain-computing interaction.
BBC announce headset
This type of technology has kept evolving since 2010, and has diversified brain-computing interaction. For example, in February 2015 technology company Tekever showed the world how their latest innovation can be used to control a drone with nothing more than the power of your brain.
This has led the BBC to create a brainwave-reading headset; all for the purpose of helping you change the channel. The Broadcasting Company collaborated with tech firm This Place to develop a cheap brainwave-reading headset for its experimental BBC iPlayer app. People can use the headset and the app to change the channel by relaxing or concentrating their minds.
Cyrus Saihan, head of business development for the BBC’s Digital division, explained the implications of the project. Saihan said that “it’s an internal prototype designed to give our programme makers, technologists and other users an idea of how this technology might be used in future.”
The BBC recently conducted its first trial of the technology with 10 staff. They were able to use the headset to launch the iPlayer app and start watching a TV programme. Saihan commented that “it was much easier for some than it was for others, but they all managed to get it to work.”
Vision of the future
This is only a glimpse, but it has given us a vision of how brainwave-reading technology may develop going forward. We can already use these headsets to perform physical tasks e.g. changing a TV channel. Where will it go next? That’s anyone’s guess, but if this story makes anything clear, it’s that this technology has the potential to reimagine the way we live our lives.