Nordic Innovation magazine covered MindGames as part of its “Playing With Innovation” issue.
Control the game with your mind
Currently, if you want to control a game with your mind, you must be a Jedi-in-training, who learns to control what happens in the game by changing the level of your relaxation and concentration. This state of affairs is perfect as far as MindGames, an Icelandic startup, is concerned.
“When you play our games, you should not only be having fun, but also learning how to relax and concentrate when you want to – because that’s what it takes to win, in our games and in life,” says Deepa Iyengar, co-founder and CEO.
Scientists are developing a brain-computer interface (BCI) that recognises a person’s affective state and plays music to them based on their mood.
Scientists from the universities of Reading and Plymouth believe the system could be used as a therapeutic aid for people suffering with certain forms of depression. The project would use an electroencephalograph (EEG) to transfer the electrical signal from the patient’s scalp via a series of wires to an amplifier box, which, in turn, would be connected to a computer. The computer would then generate its own synthetic music based on the user’s mental state.
The researches have developed a number of rule-based approaches to generate music with computers. They will use computer software to try to identify rules governing musical patterns that produce certain emotions. Then we would embed these rules into the system to generate the music.
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In the interactive arcade game BrainBattle two players can take on the ultimate battle of brains against each other with brain computer interfaces. As a result, well-known classic games like Pong, Space Invaders and Pac Man are revitalized by an unusual form of interaction.
Geneticists working at Texas Biomedical Research Institute have identified an ‘echo’ of a gene in the brain that disposes people to alcoholism.
Geneticists Laura Almasy and Mark Zlojutro and a nationwide collaborative team studied the brain waves of hundreds of subjects asked to perform certain tasks, and noted patterns that were common to those at risk of dependence on alcohol.
“An important point,” said Almasy, “is that they’ve also been shown to be different in the children of alcoholics. These differences in brain activity are not a consequence of someone’s drinking. They’re there beforehand.” Continue reading
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