What will the Emotiv headphones bring to our day-to-day lives?

The Emotiv earphones is a revolutionary device that enables a consumer to cooperate with the virtual situation by reading his/her ‘thoughts’. Basically, the device records the brain’s electrical indicators and translates your thought-orders into digital actions.

The Emotiv earphone works by employing a tool referred to as an EEG, or electroencephalograph, to observe the human brain waves (and emotional responses) of each gamer, nearly immediately translating those readings into virtual reactions, movements and responses.

The practical functions may be enormously good, but also possibly hideous. On the plus side, disabled users might have their lives entirely turned around, regaining an enormous amount of independence by thought-controlling many home appliances. To grow the concept, paraplegic and quadriplegic people might create thought-controlled virtual avatars and interact with other people in real time.

The possibility to transform the world of games can be very evident, as Jane McGrath, of How StuffWorks.com, explains,

“If the EEG gaming technology eventually catches on, it could revolutionize the way people think about video games in much the same way the Nintendo Wii did (or perhaps more). On the one hand, with its facial expression interpretations, the Emotiv EPOC attempts to close the gap further between the real world and the virtual world to create a more realistic experience, much like the Wii does. On the other hand, the Emotiv EPOC also tries to bridge the gap between human thought and the outside world to create an experience that’s less like reality and more fantastical and dreamlike. The technology behind EPOC eliminates the middleman of motion altogether — a staggering thought to consider”.

Of the possible downside, which is possibly chasmic, McGrath states.

“Should researchers continue making more breakthroughs to advance EEG technology, it could plausibly lead to computers that can, in essence, read someone’s mind. Those with the technology could be privy to the private thoughts, opinions and emotions of others. Granted, this could be very far off, considering where the technology (and our understanding of the human brain) is now. Nevertheless, we can’t rule out the possibility entirely. Perhaps we shouldn’t dismiss the prospect of Thought Police (like that in George Orwell’s “1984”) as mere alarmism”.

Simply, this object freeks me out. I just do not like the concept of a thought-activated PC, it makes my body crawl. But hey, that is just me. Also, in case you’re a male of our species, you would probably be dredging up porn sites every seven seconds.

It has also been suggested in some quarters you’ll be able to basically imagine a person and that said PC system will automatically place a telephone call to them. The last thing I desire to do is be considering some old girlfriend of whatever and suddenly wind up calling her. No, just no. That’s a can of worms that frankly does not need opening up, thanks very much.

However, whatever my opinion on it happen to be (and, for now at the least, I’ve the option to keep them private), the Emotiv Epoc headset will soon be there for the average consumer, priced around $299 (that is slightly below £200 to us Brits).