The Japanese government has formed a consortium together with Japanese companies and research institutes to work on a new generation of consumer electronics devices that can read a user’s mind and respond to their wishes automatically. According to an article published on thesqueeze.net these devices could be on the market in as little as a decade!
At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2012 director Shawn DuBravac pronounced 2012 “the year of the interface.” As devices grow more complex and incorporate more functions, consumers are demanding new and easier ways to connect to their gear and to access capabilities.
The new generation of Japanese devices would use advanced versions of existing brain-machine interface technology and would allow a person to change a television channel by thinking or send a text message composed through thought.
Work on brain-machine interfaces dates back to the 1970s, but has taken off in recent years. The technology uses sensors within a helmet to monitor a person’s brain waves and the flow of blood in the brain that is stimulated by thought. By identifying the person’s wish, the robot can then carry out the action.
Taking the technology a step further, the system would be able for example to sense when a person is too hot or cold and adjust the heating in a room.