Tan Le at the screen

Tan Le at the screen

This is something I’ve been hearing about for a couple months now but haven’t seen anything about until today. Emotiv SystemsTan Le (pictured above) gave a presentation on her mind control device at The Entertainment Gathering on December 12th, 2008. With the help of an inspiration of hers that was attending the conference, Marvin Minsky, she demonstated the potential that the EPOC had by having Marvin rotate a 3D-generated cube on a computer screen counter-clockwise. After a successful attempt, Tan had Marvin try out the “disappear” feature, which makes the cube, you guessed it, disappear. Marvin, being the inquisitive mind that he is, asked if he could try out both functions simultaneously, which was executed to a wave of applause.

Emotiv Systems logo

Emotiv Systems logo

Throughout the video, Tan talks about the applications that this technology might be capable of in the future, but to my amazement/disappointment, no mention of music creation/manipulation. The idea isn’t too impossible now that the technology is coming to a closer realization through the progress of Emotiv Systems’ talented developers. But can you imagine it? Launch your DAW, create a new track, pick a synth, think about how you want it to sound- and the sound appears out of thin air. Creating beats would be a trip, not to mention the possibilities of performing live with this sort of technology.

EPOC up close

EPOC up close

There is a bit of video from the Emotiv Systems booth at the 2008 IGN conference. Being an on-again-off-again gamer, it would be amazing to experience this technology with a gaming experience, but I feel like the other possible applications of this device are staggering and equally horrifying. Many of you, I’m sure, can only imagine the worst that could happen with this type of technology as we’ve all seen and referenced those movies and comics more and more as this and other sci-fi fantasies are becoming a reality. With the signs of Emotiv Systems siding with the goodness in people by offering “a range of licensed Software Development Kit (SDK) solutions,” let’s hope this retains the sense of creativity and humantiarianism that I get from their products so far.

Clips of EPOC game

Clips of EPOC game

To find out more about Emotiv Systems and their awesome technology/products, visit them at http://emotiv.com, check out these videos, and reserve your EPOC today.

Oh, and for all of your Sydney, Australia readers out there, why not participate in volunteering for this amazing technology at Emotiv?

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