A neurotechnology company claims its new headphones can read your mind.
For $ 279, you can pre-order Enten, a brain-computer interface (BCI) headset from Boston-based Neurable that looks like regular high-end headphones.
But the system’s fabric sensors track your neurons like a mobile EEG, monitor the electrical impulses in your brain, and learn what they look like when you focus.
The system can then mute notifications, increase noise-canceling white noise, or even suggest a pause to recharge your mental batteries.
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Although it looks like a regular pair of headphones, Enten is a brain computer interaction (BCI) that reads the electrical impulses delivered by your brain.
Neurable CEO Ramses Alcaide says his uncle, who made his own prosthetics after losing his legs in a car accident, was inspired to make a ‘mind reading’ headset.
“I became fascinated with how technology can be used to improve human mobility and thus human autonomy,” wrote Alcaide, who has a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Michigan. in a blog post.
“And through this process, I realized that in order to address these core issues, I had to go straight to the source: the brain.”
Grafting, from Spanish for ‘understand’, works like an EEG and monitors the electrical signals generated by neurons in your brain.
The Enten app uses machine learning algorithms to recognize what your brainwaves look like when you are concentrating or distracted
But instead of sticky, unattractive electrodes, the sensors are made of fabric, meaning the headphones slide on and off with ease.
According to the theory that people typically only have two to three hours of high productivity per day, Alcaide says Enten can suggest breaks, block notifications, and increase noise cancellation to maximize your focus throughout the day.
The system’s companion app uses machine learning algorithms to recognize when your brain is focused or distracted.
Grafting is ‘intelligent,’ says Alcaide, ‘and uses passive controls to minimize distraction, and active controls to automatically mute notifications when you’re in the zone.’
The interface will eventually add new categories of metrics, The Washington Post reported, such as keeping track of how often you fidget, drink water, and smile.
The company even envisions letting you pick a song from your playlist with a facial gesture.
Neurable started take preorders for Tuesday Slips: The $ 279 price is an early bird discount from the original $ 399 price tag.
Grafting works like an EEG, but instead of sticky, unattractive electrode pads, the sensors are made of fabric, allowing the headphones to slip on and off easily
Neurable started taking preorders on Tuesday, offering Enten for an early bird rate of $ 279
When the Enten interface detects difficulty concentrating, it can pause notifications, suggest a pause, or help block environmental noise
That makes them significantly cheaper than Versus’s mobile EEG headphones, which retail for $ 1,500.
At the moment, Neurable just has a working prototype for Enten, but according to the company IndieGoGo campaignfunctional sets will ship in May 2022.
Earlier this month, researchers at Brown University reported that they had successfully tested a wireless BCI system that allowed people with paralysis to type on a computer screen.
Traditional BCIs are attached to a large transmitter with long cables, but the scientists have replaced the cords with a small transmitter that sits on top of the user’s head.
The equipment is just three inches in diameter and is connected to an electrode array in the motor cortex of the brain through the same kind of port used by wired systems.
In the studies, called “BrainGate,” two men paralyzed from a back injury were able to type and click a tablet just thinking about the action.
Unloaded by cables, the men were able to use the BCI continuously for up to 24 hours, allowing the researchers to get data while they were asleep.
Elon Musk is developing a similar wireless BCI with Neuralink, but it is implanted in the brain instead of externally.
So far, Neuralink has only been tested on animals: Earlier this month, a monkey with the implant was able to play the video game Pong without a joystick, using only the electrical signal from his brain.