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OUTOF YOURMIND

Rise of the Brain-Computer Interface

Written by Conor Russomanno

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DURING THIS SUMMER’S DIGITAL REVOLUTION EXHIBITION AT LONDON’S BARBICAN MUSEUM, a small brainwave-influenced game sat sandwiched between Lady Gaga’s Haus of Gaga and Google’s DevArt booth. It was Not Impossible Labs’ Brainwriter installation, which combined Tobii eye tracking and an OpenBCI Electroencephalography (EEG) device to allow players to shoot laser beams at virtual robots with just eye movement and brain waves. “Whoa, this is the future,” exclaimed one participant.

But the Brainwriter is designed for far more than just games. It’s an early attempt at using ...

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