CL video game reviewer and contributing writer Rick Dakan wrote a review of the new Emotiv EPOC Brain-Computer Interface tool over at Joystiq.com. It's a $300 electrode skullcap that — ostensibly — will read your brainwaves and translate that into movement on the computer screen. Move the mouse cursor, click on objects, control games — all theoretically possible just using the power of your thoughts.
First, you train the device to recognize your particular brainwave patterns for certain commands, like "up", "left" and so on. Then, you load Emotiv's Cortex Arcade app to start thought-blasting enemies. Kinda.
Playing a slow motion game of Pong that's harder and more frustrating than Ninja Gaiden on its toughest setting is not a happy experience. Especially when, for the briefest of flashes, you see that an errant thought can send the white line moving up and down at a good speed. (joystiq.com)
I tried it out at Rick's house and, it turns out