Is mind control the future for TVs?

China-based Haier demonstrates a prototype headset that would allow the wearer to change TV channels and control the volume with mere thought.

Haier Brain Wave
Engadget goes "foreheads on" with the Brain Wave. Engadget

China-based Haier is showcasing an interesting mind control technology for TVs at the ongoing IFA trade show in Berlin. The Brain Wave resembles a headset, with an extension placed peculiarly on the user's forehead to control a TV's volume and change channels with thoughts alone. The firm demonstrated its prototype with a game that involves blowing up barrels with your mind. Even if Haier gets the system to market for TVs, we're betting it won't be easy to convince most consumers to don the bulky headset in its present form.

Having said that, we would love to see the Brain Wave miniaturized and made more comfortable, or possibly integrated into regular 3D glasses. Until then, there are other, less intrusive alternatives to remote controls ranging from voice recognition to hand gestures .

(Source: Crave Asia via Engadget)

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