Mind-controlled pong

Berlin_Mind-Brain_image.jpgA online video purports to show two people playing the classic video game Pong using what looks like an an EEG machine to read electrical activity from the brain.

Although I’m no EEG expert, the kit looks authentic and it’s certainly a technically possible feat with the current state of neurofeedback research.

So if anyone can actually verify whether this was genuinely an example of ‘mental pong’, or knows more about the event being filmed, I’d be interested to find out.

Link to video of ‘Berlin Brain Computer Interface’.

2 Comments

  1. Brian
    Posted March 18, 2006 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    It seems legit, assuming this video does actually display a demonstration of Berlin Brain Computer Interface (BBCI) technologies. You were correct to identify EEG recordings as the input to the computer that controls the board movements. The specific signals used are the EEG signatures corresponding to motor intentions. Apparently BBCI has also developed a machine learning algorithm that allows it to hone in on individual, idiosyncratic versions of these EEG signatures.
    Some links:

    http://ida.first.fraunhofer.de/bbci/index_en.html

    http://www.eurescom.de/message/messageDec2004/The_Berlin_Brain_Computer_Interface.asp

    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/info-tech/dn8826.html

    More in-depth material can be found using Google:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=berlin+brain+computer+interface&btnG=Search

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=berlin+brain+computer+interface+pong&btnG=Search

  2. companero
    Posted May 31, 2006 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Berlin Brain Computer Interface is apparently developed by Fraunhofer Institute and Berlin Charite and the video shows a demonstration that was attended by the then German Minister for Education and Research Mrs. Bulmahn.
    The German government is funding this research.
    Further steps will be a non-touching EEG.
    See more at http://www.bernstein-zentren.de/de/105.php – in German actually.


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