Brain Control Toy

June 30, 2009


Whoooooaaaaa!! THIS IS WEIRD!! Have you heard about this? It’s the “Brain Control Toy,” also known as the “Force Trainer.” It’s hitting toy stores this summer, expected to sell for $120. You wear a headset that monitors your brain activity. If you concentrate, the ball will levitate in the container. Toooo weird, people!

From the New York Post:

Scientists call the technology BCI, or Brain Computer Interface, and more sensitive, medical-grade versions are used to help amputees move artificial limbs and victims of paralysis communicate using a computer and software that reacts thought.

A recent episode of the medical drama “House” about a patient suffering from locked-in syndrome (a condition in which the victim of a brain injury is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate) featured a similar device.

The Force Trainer, expected to sell for about $120, is not medical-grade hardware, but it uses a headset to monitor the brain, and then transmits a signal to a base that features a fan and a ball in a tube.

The headset is calibrated to sense beta waves, a specific type of brain waves associated with concentration. When you focus, the headset reads the electrical pattern from inside your head and sends a signal to a microchip that switches on the fan in the base unit and levitates the pingpong in a clear tube.

The more intense the focus and concentration, the faster the fan spins and the quicker the ball rises. When concentration is broken or weak, the ball drops.

Bah humbug. So you can float a ball in space. I won’t be interested until my vacuum cleaner will run without me, my dishes will wash without me, and my laundry will fold itself…

One Response to “Brain Control Toy”

  1. Nancy (Ollie McKay's) Says:

    Are you kidding me – what the heck??!! What will they think of next! Very Cool!