Epoc Headset Brainwave Controller

The Epoc Headset Brainwave Controller from Emotiv Systems offers what it calls a "revolutionary new personal interface for human computer interaction".

The Emotiv EPOC is a high resolution, neuro-signal acquisition and processing wireless neuroheadset. It uses a set of sensors to tune into electric signals produced by the brain to detect player thoughts, feelings and expressions and connects wirelessly to most PCs.

The consumer version will retail for $299.


(Epoc Headset Brainwave Controller from Emotiv Systems)

EEG display:
* 5 second rolling time window (chart recorder mode)
* ALL or selected channels can be displayed
* Automatic or manual scaling (individual channel display mode)
* Adjustable channel offset (multi-channel display mode)
* Synchronized marker window

The Education Edition SDK includes these detection suites:

Affectiv™ Suite
The Affectiv suite monitors player emotional states in real-time. It provides an extra dimension in game interaction by allowing the game to respond to a player's emotions. Characters can transform in response to the player's feeling. Music, scene lighting and effects can be tailored to heighten the experience for the player in real-time. The Affectiv suite can be used to monitor player state of mind and allow developers to adjust difficulty to suit each situation.

Cognitiv™ Suite
The Cognitiv suite reads and interprets a player's conscious thoughts and intent. Gamers can manipulate virtual objects using only the power of their thought! For the first time, the fantasy of magic and supernatural power can be experienced.

Expressiv™ Suite
The Expressiv suite uses the signals measured by the neuroheadset to interpret player facial expressions in real-time. It provides a natural enhancement to game interaction by allowing game characters to come to life. When a player smiles, their avatar can mimic the expression even before they are aware of their own feelings. Artificial intelligence can now respond to players naturally, in ways only humans have been able to until now.

Emotiv sees a big consumer market for electroencephalography; would you believe an Epoc app store?

Emotiv has a big futurist in their corner; fans of Philip K. Dick's 1977 novel A Scanner Darkly will recall his prediction of electroencephalography as a consumer device - the cephalochromoscope:

"Your cephalochromoscope that cost you nine hundred dollars, that you always turn on and play when you get home - Ernie and Barris were babbling away about it. They tried to use it today and it wouldn't work. No colors and no ceph patterns, neither one..."
(Read more quotes about PKD's cephalochromoscope)

Philip K. Dick has 150 inventions and ideas on Technovelgy - the most of any author.

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