Brain-computer interfaces are quickly becoming more advanced and accessible, and some of the ways they're being used are truly mind-boggling.
Why toil with the pressing of buttons or tilting of joysticks when controlling something can be as simple as thinking about it? This kind of technology may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in reality, it’s actually been around for decades. The development of electroencephalography (EEG) technology can be traced back to the 1920′s, but it wasn’t until recently that we figured out a way to use neurofeedback to control electronic devices. Nowadays, we can use brain-computer interfaces (BCI’s) to control everything from prosthetic limbs, to robotic arms, cars, and even things as simple as your computer’s cursor.
In the past couple years, BCI technology has expanded in leaps and bounds. Not only are sensor technologies becoming more advanced, but companies like Emotiv and NeuroSky are working to make BCI headsets more affordable and available to consumers. Software development kits are available for most major EEG headsets, which means developers everywhere can tinker with the technology and help to expand its uses. Here’s a look at some of the latest developments in the world of mind control, including many you can buy today:
Remember the Necomimi, those wacky brainwave-controlled cat ears we featured around this time last year? Well, the same Japanese company that makes those, Neurowear, has just released a fluffy mind-controlled tail to go with them.
Wearable technology is the next new wave of technology, and it’s bound to drive a lot of the innovation in the consumer electronics industry. We can expect to see a lot more watches, glasses, fitness gadgets, and wristbands in the years to come. But bear in mind that we’re in the “brick phone” phase, or version 1.0, of wearable tech.
I like the website said "But bear in mind that we’re in the “brick phone” phase, or version 1.0, of wearable tech", it is true that we just start wearable tech and we will creat more to make our life better such as mix wearable tech and cyborg, we might can hear more sounds like bat and dolphin, or see more colour in our world.
Sergey Brin's live demonstration of Google Glass at the Google I/O Conference in June clearly showed that wearable, always-on, Web-connected computing technology is here now—and that it works. While such augmented-reality (AR) eyewear is in its early stages of development, future versions of the technology, whether Google's or some other company's, could lead to dramatic changes in the way we work, play, travel, and communicate.
The best killer applications for wearable AR tech involve situations where it's important that users have free use of their hands or be able to walk while using the app. The coolest apps also display data and images in a way that interacts with the real-world imagery that users see. For example a basic AR app might place information bubbles over real-world landmarks within in the frame of the glasses (it might display the name of a movie theater along with the names of movies that are starting within the next hour).
Here are some of the more exciting applications that may be coming.
This is a great webpage that told me what could the future of Wearable Tech looks like, and it showed lots good ideas that Wearable Tech could do for our society, it helps me develop my thought of Wearable Tech.
Like what the title said "9 trends to watch for in wearable tech" in the webpage showed us lots different Wearable devices, which gives us some ideas of what would Wearable device looks like in the future.
This website told us some interesting information about Google Glass and Wearable Tech. At the moment there are some people hate Wearable Tech, but like what the website said "the technology is coming–and the changes are going to be profound for the media business".
The image in the website is quite interesting, it shows what Wearable Technology could be, give us an idea of Wearable Technology. Like what the website said Wearable Technology is going to be the biggest trend of 2013, and I think it will be the biggest trend in next 10 years.
"A group called Stop the Cyborgs launched recently with the motto "Fighting the algorithmic future one bit at a time" to drum up debate about Glass, Google's much-hyped Internet-powered glasses...
Not everyone is falling into fits of paranoia over Google Glass, though. Some observers argue it could actually be a force for good.
Take TechCrunch’s Jon Evans’s point: “To a limited extent I actually want Google Glass surveillance, in an uneasy Pandora’s-box kind of way. I want police officers, border guards, and other authorities to be required to wear them every moment that they’re on duty, and I want that data to be available to those who report police brutality or other abuses of authority . . . I want street protestors to be videoing the authorities at all times. I do not trust the powers that be.”...
I agree with "Google Glasses represent a developmental leap in the history of data that is comparable to moving from the bicycle to the automobile." Google Glasses could be privacy threat but so does camera, PC, mobile phone. A project dont have "good" or "bad", it depends on the person who use it.
In today's ever more technology-centric world, the stodgy IT department isn't considered the home of innovation and business leadership.
Kexin Jin's insight:
In the website Dion Hinchcliffe said in the future tablets will be more popular than PC and I totally agree with him cause human is lazy, tablets are easier to carry and they including hips tools that can help people for their work or study. In my opinion in the future there will be something more easier and popular than tablets such as Google glasses. Wearable Technology will be come the most popular technology and change our society.
"A visually impaired person may choose to use a wearable camera to assist them with navigation or reading. Someone with Autism may choose to use a digital assistant that provides real-time assistance with reading faces during conversations. Someone with Alzheimers may choose to use a device which assists their memory."
the quote in the website showed us what wearable technology could do and the direction they should go, help human have a better life.
In my opinion that will be very common in the future, in the future computer could be in our body and we can go on internet just use our brain. Cyborg technically still count as wearable technology, so in my opinion we dont need our phone and computer anymore, cause they all in our body.
Worldwide media tablet sales to end users are on pace to total 63.6 million units, a 261.4 percent increase from 2010 sales of 17.6 million units, according to Gartner, Inc.
Kexin Jin's insight:
This website showed some information of tablet and PC, the website is usefull to help me to prove my point that human is lazy and they want some thing easy to carry and easy to use, thats the reason the tablet will be more popular than PC in the future. But what happen if there is something better than tablet such as Google Glass? Would people pick it? In my opinion the answer of this question is yes.
"Most of us already carry around a smartphone, but it requires us to take it out and operate it. Wearable tech could free our hands completely." This webpage proves my point of human is lazy and thats the reason Wearable Tech will be the trend.
In the website it describe Google Glass as a Wearable computers which is a very interesting way to say it, cause I dont think Google Glass can do everything computer can do, but in my opinion it will become true in next 10 years, smart phone already can do over 95% thing that computer can do, so I can image in the future programmer using Google Glass to programming and teacher use Google Glass to teaching and studens have class in Google Glass.
iWatch is another good example for wearable technology, like the examples in the website, "Monitor your health, Act as a credit card, A wrist-bound GPS" these all very good idea, "Monitor your health" remind people their body problem, "Act as a credit card" make people's life easier and "A wrist-bound GPS" is very good idea for looking after kids and old people in case they lost or any problem. In my opinion Wearable Technology will focus on these type topics that human need.
Google Glass will be a big step in human's history, but a project will have a good side and a bad side. 40years ago people start using mobile phone there were lots people against it but after 40years basically everyone is using it. In my opinion Google Glass is the project to take us to the "new world", and in the future Google will makes something more than Glass, could be Google eyeballs or anything, they make it cause we want it.
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