Play Mind Games With OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator
OCZ Technology has a working game controller that uses eye movements, facial muscle movements, and brain waves to control video games. The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator plugs into your PC’s USB and should in theory be able to emulate controls for any game.
OCZ’s Development Director Michael Schuette claims the device is still pretty basic, even primitive, but it’s a start.
Even though this still works – with a certain amount of sluggishness, the concept is somewhat atrocious, since it takes an analog physical reaction that is then emulated into a manual keyboard input that is then translated into a command on the game level. A more elegant solution would encompass taking the biological response and streaming it directly into the game using the DirectX platform as vehicle.
If you can learn to use the NIA, you can supposedly shave time off your reactions, although I think at this point it would be more of a cool thing to show off rather than a really good game controller.
It’s actually exciting to see we’re taking steps towards realizing Gibson’s vision of Cyberpunk Netrunners. I could do without the Megacorps politics that go with it.
via The Tech Report