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

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5 Comments on Play Mind Games With OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator


On June 29, 2008 at 4:58 pm

It seems to me that’s just the Atari Mindlink brought back to life.


On June 29, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I would know, I designed one…in my mind…while I was asleep…after playing ALOT of some old game that does mind control…which was a dream…ok i’m done.


On June 30, 2008 at 3:41 am

This is great, i would love to get my hands on this one (or rather get my head into it :wink: ). Is there any information on pricing ?
If they get those things to work and perfect them, a lot of handicapped people might be able to play videogames (and maybe control all sorts of applications) – this alone should be worth having a look at this device.


On August 21, 2008 at 6:02 pm

how do i contact Director Michael Schuette?

Linear Actuator

On November 12, 2008 at 10:00 pm

The NIA was introduced into the market by OCZ Technology as a gaming device, but has been developed in conjunction with Dr Andrew Junker of BAT, who originated the technology for medical use. The main advantages are a dramatic reduction in reaction time from approximately 200 milliseconds for a standard mouse click to roughly 80-150 milliseconds using the eyelid reflex or similar facial reactions to trigger the computer click response.