Here's some food for thought -- Samsung is exploring making mobiles and tablets you control with your mind, MIT Technology Review reports. Samsung researchers are working with boffins at the University of Texas to find ways to launch an app, select a contact, pick a song from a playlist, and switch a device on and off, all using just your thoughts.
Better hope nothing just pops in there.
At the moment the technology is purely in the testing stage, and is aimed at people with mobility issues. But if Samsung can make it work, we could see something similar hit shop shelves at some point in the future.
Here's how it works: the researchers have been monitoring brain activity when the subject is shown repetitive visual patterns. In the demo, the subject could launch an app and play around within it just by concentrating on an icon that was blinking at a distinctive frequency.
So far, subjects can make a selection every five seconds, with accuracy ranging from 80 to 95 per cent. It'll still take "considerable research" before it's a consumer-ready product, according to Insoo Kim, Samsung's lead researcher. You'll also have to wear one of these rather fetching headsets covered with wires. This could become more like "a cap that people wear all day long", if the EEG contacts are slimmed down and redesigned.
There are some mind-controlled interfaces already out, including a NeuroSky headset that lets you control toys, and one from Emotiv Systems that reads your brainwaves and facial expression to enhance gaming. But Samsung is by far the most well-known company to start exploring this area.