BBC to bring mind-powered TV remote

19 June 2015

BBC_iPlayer_Radio_logo Are you one of those people who keeps losing your TV remote? Forever sitting on it because you never look down before parking your rear?

Never you mind. You will be able to use the power of your mind instead! Very useful, unless you're prone to LOSING YOUR MIND, MAAAAAN.

This idea was hatched in partnership with studio This Place and the BBC, and they've actually called it 'Mind Control TV', which is brilliant. It is being toyed with for use with an experimental version of iPlayer. So, if you missed last week's Flog It!, or want to catch up with Saturday Kitchen, you just plop on the mind control machine and get your brain on the go.

And now, for a long word.

The electroencephalography (EEG) brainwave-frazzling headset requires you to focus your mind, while a sensor on your forehead and another clipped to the ear gets to work. You've got two options too - you can choose "concentration" or "meditation" as their brain-control controls, and then you can make things happen with the power of your brains!

Obviously, using a remote or clicking some buttons is much faster, but this could be incredibly useful for viewers who have a disability.

And of course, this is just an extension of voice controls that you get on things like the Xbox One, and you can control the iPlayer with little more than barking at it. This "Mind Control TV" is next level though. This is something you could do while people are sleeping next to you or whatever. The prototypes have been successful too.

"It was much easier for some than it was for others," Cyrus Saihan, head of business development for the BBC's Digital division, said. "But they all managed to get it to work."

"The idea that being able to simply think about something and then magically make it happen has fascinated people for many years," Saihan wrote. "So when we learnt that new technologies were now available in the market that allowed you to control electronic devices by measuring the brain's electrical activity, we wanted to experiment."

TOPICS:   Technology

2 comments

  • dvdgremlin
    is it April ?
  • Censorship a.
    It will never take off, so few people in the country have enough spare brain power after the basics like breathing, eating, drinking, and fighting/fornicating are taken car of.

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