A baseball cap that reads your mind

May 15, 2008


It looks like an ordinary baseball cap. But when you put it on, the cap detects and analyses the electroencephalogram (EEG) signals from your brain. It can even tell you if you’re getting too sleepy when driving based on your brain wave patterns.

Similar technology could also allow you to control home electronics such as TVs, computers, and air conditioners, all by just thinking about them.

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Morris Miselowski’s thoughts:

We’ve seen this stuff before, but there seems to be more of it bubbling up to the surface lately.

The underlying notion is great and certainly one of the holy technology grails is to find a way to effortlessly control our surroundings, but the real innovation is still a couple of innovations down the track from this one, when we can take off the cap and control our immediate world through something less obtrusive and less fashion oriented.

Wearing a cap is not the end of the world, but is this technology going to make it into mainstream usage if we all have to don a cap to make our computers work, check our blood pressure or boil the kettle?

My guess is that RFID, devices we carry in our pockets or sewn into our intelligent clothing, or simply our voice coupled to ubiquitous computing devices will play more of a role in providing the future drivers of this.