New Technology Allows Users to Make Brain-Powered Phonecalls

Thanks to the efforts of neuroscience researchers in California, people could soon make phone calls just by thinking of a number. I’ll let you decide if this is a good or bad thing.

Tzzy-Ping Jun and his colleagues at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of California tested the new brain interface by asking participants to sit in front of a screen and look at a keypad with numbers flashing at different frequencies. According to the MIT Technology Review:

"Like many other such interfaces, Jung's system relies on electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes on the scalp to analyze electrical activity in the brain. An EEG headband is hooked up to a Bluetooth module that wirelessly sends the signals to a Nokia N73 cell phone, which uses algorithms to process the signals."

In other words, the phone can determine what number a participant is looking at (and thinking of) by processing signals transmitted by the EEG electrodes and then dial that number.

"From our experience, anyone can do it," Jung said.

While the technology may be good news for people with disabilities or those working in a high pressure environment, it's likely bad news for drunk dialers. Can you imagine the shenanigans people could get into if they could make a phone call just by thinking about it?

What do you think of brain powered phone calls?

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