Thought: The Future of Mobile and Embedded Application Input

Jim McKeeth, Embarcadero Technologies

Control of complex machines by human thought has been a mainstay of science fiction writing and films for years. In the movie Firefox, Clint Eastwood steals a highly advanced Russian fighter jet that is controlled by the pilot’s thoughts. But real devices are now appearing that purport to use our brainwaves as input. Is this technology a reality today? If not, how far away is it? What sort of thought input is possible and where could it be used? Jim McKeeth examines the roots of the technologies that allow a view of—and the possibilities for direct input from—the human mind and the augmentation of the mind, perception, and thought processes. Jim shares these processes which include real-world examples and a demonstration with volunteers controlling software and hardware using only their thoughts and feelings. Come see how this still-evolving and little-known technology works today, learn how it can be used in some applications, and explore its longer-term implications.

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