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BBC unveils prototype for ‘mind controlled’ iPlayer

BBC unveils prototype for ‘mind controlled’ iPlayer

BBC unveils prototype for ‘mind controlled’ iPlayer

The BBC’s Digital division has created a ‘Mind Control TV’ prototype for the iPlayer.

The prototype, made in collaboration with UK-based user experience studio This Place, allows users to open an experimental version of BBC iPlayer and select a TV programme to view, using nothing but their brainwaves.

“The electroencephalography (EEG) brainwave reading headset has one small sensor that rests on a user’s forehead and another on a clip that attaches to the ear,” explains a BBC blog. The first trial run saw 10 BBC staff members successfully try out the app.

“These sensors measure electrical activity in the brain. In the case of this experimental app, a user can select either ‘concentration’ or ‘meditation’ as the brain control mechanism,” the post goes on. “If the user selects ‘concentration’, the headset and app monitors their level of concentration and a ‘volume bar’ of brainwaves is displayed on the screen, to visually illustrate their level of concentration.”

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