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Audi Mind Race: FC Barcelona players race toy cars with their brainwaves (video)

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2013 is coming to an end, but it doesn’t mean we ran out of awesome BCI stories. Following yesterday’s winning candidate for our nonexisting WTF contest, today we have something truly wonderful to show you: Audi Mind Race, an inspiring race track installation with eight Audi R18 e-tron toy cars respectively controlled through eight NeuroSky MindWave headsets.

Built by the Hungarian-Spanish 20H team for a joint event of Audi and the Football Club Barcelona, the concept idea was to get the Spanish football players to control toy cars with their level of attention.

Since Audi is a premium partner of the Barcelona team, the German car giant handed out new cars to the squad for the 2013/14 season.

Before the handover, the football players took part in this unique activity that called on them to use their minds: The Audi Mind Race, featuring eight miniature handmade Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars which the players moved through their own mind, as the energy generated by the players’ brains powered the vehicles.

As you can see in the video below, the track also features a real time mapping animation that follows the cars performances.

The realization of the concept is simply amazing. This is probably the coolest phygital (physical + digital) project of the year, where BCI technology meets fast moving object detection and projection mapping, completed with an artistic touch in Tron-like style.

Beside the football players, as part of the Audi Attitudes social initiative, 24 girls and boys aged between 8 and 10 were also invited to the event to play and challenge each other.

To see additional photos and learn more about Audi Mind Race visit the project page on the 20H website.

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