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Teenager Plays Video Game Just By Thinking

By Critical_Conformity     Feb 11, 2007 in Technology
Thanks to a breakthrough technique a teenager plays Space Invaders using only the signals from his brain.
The technique takes data from the surface of the brain, the 14-year-old boy from St. Louis was able to play the two-dimensional Atari game without so much as lifting a finger [see video of the study].
You rememberSpace Invaders, it's the popular computer game from the 1970’s, where players control a movable laser cannon in attempts to shoot rows of aliens that move back and forth across the screen. The objective is to kill the aliens before they have a chance to get to the bottom of the screen. Once they land, the game ends. The aliens can also shoot at the cannon, so the player has to try and evade the shots.
The boy, had grids implanted to monitor his brain for epilepsy, it was connected to a computer program that linked the video game to the grids. He was then asked to move his hands, talk, and imagine things. The researchers correlated these movements to the different signals fired by the brain.
Then the boy was playing Space Invaders by moving his hand and tongue and then to imagine those movements without actually performing them.
"He cleared out the whole Level One basically on brain control," said Eric Leuthardt, a researcher at the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. "He learned almost instantaneously. We then gave him a more challenging version in two-dimensions and he mastered two levels there playing only with his imagination."
Now if only I could think and my articles for DJ would post themselves lol but serious this could have benefits in health or anywhere else in society.
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