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Scalextric-like slot cars that you can operate with your BRAIN will be demonstrated at CES 2020

Scalextric-style slot cars that you can operate with your BRAIN and go faster, the harder you concentrate, are demonstrated at CES 2020

  • Mind-reading company BrainCo, based on mass-bus sets, demonstrated their technology in Las Vegas
  • Participants race model cars using headbands based on medical brain scanners
  • These translate the brainwaves of the wearer into interpretable electronic signals
  • BrainCo also showed the final version of their AI-driven prosthetic hand

Scalextric-like slot cars that can be operated with your brain – moving faster the harder you concentrate – were demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Participants in the technology event – held in Las Vegas in the US – wore headbands based on medical brain scanning technology to race model cars across a circuit.

The definitive version was also shown of an artificial prosthesis-powered prosthetic hand for amputees that works with both brain waves and muscle signals.

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Scalextric-like slot cars that can be controlled with your brain - go faster the harder you concentrate - were demonstrated this year at the Consumer Electronics Show

Scalextric-like slot cars that can be operated with your brain – go faster the harder you concentrate – were demonstrated this year at the Consumer Electronics Show

BRAINCO’S FOCUS1 HEADBAND SPECS

Weight: 95 grams

Battery life: up to 4 hours

Battery capacity: 400 mAh

Charging time: 1-1.5 hours

Electrodes: made from hydrogel

The company behind the mind-reading technology is BrainCo-based company in Massachussets, which originated from the Innovation Lab of Harvard University.

The arrangement of the slot car worked with the help of the Focus1 headbands to measure the brain activity of the participant in a non-invasive way and transfer it to a paired model car on the circuit.

The technology is based on conventional electro-encephalograms.

These are medical scanning devices that use small sensors that are applied to the scalp to capture the electrical signals that are generated when brain cells communicate with each other.

The more every ‘racer’ concentrated, the faster their car would drive.

The device “translates your brain waves into electronic signals,” Zenchuan Lei, based in Boston, explained.

The demonstration of the Focus1 headband technology seems to have gone well this year with visitors to the Consumer Electronics Show.

“Is this a #jedimindtrick or modern #engineering? Drive a toy racing car with your mind using the BrainCo FocusFun, “researcher Ashton Farmer joked on Twitter.

BrainCo’s exhibition this year was one step higher than their comparable demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show of 2019, using a four-lane racetrack setup instead of the two from the previous year.

Participants in the technology event held in Las Vegas in the US wore headbands based on medical brain scanning technology to race model cars across a circuit

Participants in the technology event held in Las Vegas in the US wore headbands based on medical brain scanning technology to race model cars across a circuit

Participants in the technology event – held in Las Vegas in the US – wore headbands based on medical brain scanning technology to race model cars across a circuit

The company behind the mind-reading technology is BrainCo-based company in Massachussets, which originated from the Innovation Lab of Harvard University

The company behind the mind-reading technology is BrainCo-based company in Massachussets, which originated from the Innovation Lab of Harvard University

The company behind the mind-reading technology is BrainCo-based company in Massachussets, which originated from the Innovation Lab of Harvard University

The arrangement of the slot car worked with the help of the Focus1 headbands to measure the brain activity of the participant in a non-invasive way and transfer it to a paired model car on the circuit

The arrangement of the slot car worked with the help of the Focus1 headbands to measure the brain activity of the participant in a non-invasive way and transfer it to a paired model car on the circuit

The arrangement of the slot car worked with the help of the Focus1 headbands to measure the brain activity of the participant in a non-invasive way and transfer it to a paired model car on the circuit

The technology is based on conventional electro-encephalograms. These are medical scanning devices that use small sensors that are applied to the scalp to capture the electrical signals that are generated when brain cells communicate with each other

The technology is based on conventional electro-encephalograms. These are medical scanning devices that use small sensors that are applied to the scalp to capture the electrical signals that are generated when brain cells communicate with each other

The technology is based on conventional electro-encephalograms. These are medical scanning devices that use small sensors that are applied to the scalp to capture the electrical signals that are generated when brain cells communicate with each other

BrainCo's exhibition was a step further than their comparable demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show of 2019, using a four-lane racetrack set-up instead of the two from the previous year

BrainCo's exhibition was a step further than their comparable demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show of 2019, using a four-lane racetrack set-up instead of the two from the previous year

BrainCo’s exhibition was a step further than their comparable demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show of 2019, using a four-lane racetrack set-up instead of the two from the previous year

However, BrainCo has other applications in mind for its brain scan technology.

Also to be seen at the Consumer Electronics Show this year was the definitive version of an artificial intelligence-powered prosthetic hand for amputees that works with both brain waves and muscle signals.

The company has also previously suggested that headbands can be used to monitor smart devices in the home, scan for diseases, and even – controversially – track brain activity of school children to track their attention in the classroom.

Also to be seen at the Consumer Electronics Show this year was the final version of an AI-powered prosthetic hand for amputees that works with both brain waves and muscle signals

Also to be seen at the Consumer Electronics Show this year was the final version of an AI-powered prosthetic hand for amputees that works with both brain waves and muscle signals

Also to be seen at the Consumer Electronics Show this year was the final version of an AI-powered prosthetic hand for amputees that works with both brain waves and muscle signals

WHAT IS AN EEC AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a recording of brain activity that was originally developed for clinical use.

During the test, small sensors are attached to the scalp to capture the electrical signals that are produced when brain cells send messages to each other.

In the medical field, EEGs are usually performed by a highly trained specialist who is known as a clinical neurophysiologist.

These signals are recorded by a machine and are analyzed by a medical professional to determine if they are unusual.

An EEG can be used to diagnose and monitor a number of disorders that affect the brain.

It can help identify the cause of certain symptoms, such as seizures or memory problems.

More recently, technology companies have used the technology to create brain-computer interfaces, sometimes referred to as mind-reading devices.

This has led to the creation and design of a number of futuristic sounding gadgets.

These range from a machine that can decode words from brain waves without being spoken to a headband design that allows computer users to open apps with the power of thinking.

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