Control your iPhone with your Brain, Seriously


I know, this seems unreal, but PLX Devices has announced an accessory called the Xwave or the iPhone (actually, all iOS Devices) which allows you to control and monitor your brain waves and interact with your iPhone using them, With your brain, people!

Using Neurosky (SkyNet anyone?) technology, which apparently on the forefront of brain – computer interfacing, they have their own line of headsets and games for PCs. PLX has created a headset that can read your brain thoughts, and translate that into actual actions on your iPhone. Xwave has a free iPhone App that tests your ability to relax, or focus, move a ball or change its colours (Don’t be confused by the picture below, the ‘ball’ is entirely virtual inside the App).

While that seems to be the extent of its usefulness (or lack thereof) now, they’re opening up their API to allow other developers to come up with other Apps that use this info so, presumably, there will be a whole host of ‘Brain Apps’ flooding the iTunes store once this product is out, in October. It’s not even priced crazy high, at $99 USD.

Anyone else entirely Creeped Out fascinated by this?

I, for one, welcome our new iPhone overlords.

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  • Arc|Angel

    Might have some use as a biofeedback relaxation tool.

  • Betta-dayz

    can i track skip my songs with it?

  • Yah, that’s pretty much what they’re touting it as right now, training for relaxation and concentration.

  • well as soon as u know how to control it, some one will write a app for it 😛

  • Anonymous

    Both creeped out and fascinated. I’d love to try it.

  • iPhone4crazy

    Batteries? Get with the times, where’s the lithium-ion rechargeable? Cool idea. It’s a bit big though.

  • Agreed, if it were sunglasses-sized I think that it would be easier to use, but who knows how light it is.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t I see this somewhere before? And didn’t it have some serious side effects?

    (BTW that’s what I thought of for when I first heard that the iPhone 4 had a “Retina Display”)