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OCZ lays claim to being the first company to bring a "brain-computer" interface to the retail market and they have aimed it squarely at the gamer. The device is called the NIA, which is an acronym that stands for Neural Impulse Actuator, and instead of buttons, sticks,  gyroscopes or motion sensors, it reads the body's natural biosignals and translates them into commands that can be used to control PC games.

 

No question, it's a pretty wild product.  Go now and see.

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Lev_Astov replied on Mon, Jul 21 2008 11:15 AM
Great article! Thanks for doing a review on the NIA, as I've been wondering about its qualities lately. I think it sounds like a blast, and an interesting way to teach me how to take control of my brain. I'll probably get one of these in the not too distant future, after my next splurge.

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 So, Does it actually use brainwaves to work or is it really just measure twitch muscles or something ? It sounds cool but it also sounds gimicky. I guess the question that bugs me is Why have one ? I guess it would definately be something to talk about with your buds.

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Jul 21 2008 12:56 PM
It does a combination of both actually.

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JeffB replied on Mon, Jul 21 2008 3:08 PM
Jeff's brain can't handle this man!
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SqUiD267 replied on Mon, Jul 21 2008 7:00 PM

Ha I told my mother about this she was disgusted how gaming is no literally getting to your head.

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Lev_Astov replied on Mon, Jul 21 2008 7:11 PM
Wow, this article totally got pimped by Engadget. Nice work!

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SqUiD267 replied on Mon, Jul 21 2008 8:23 PM

I love how ENgadget gets a lotta reports from here now. Big Smile

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I wonder how this thing'll work out for people with chemically imbalanced brains i.e. skitzos, etc. lol!!!

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nECrO1967 replied on Tue, Jul 22 2008 5:01 PM

recoveringknowitall:

I wonder how this thing'll work out for people with chemically imbalanced brains i.e. skitzos, etc. lol!!!

 

LOL. You'll find out next time you play an FPS and see a guy running around randomly shooting at nothing and hopping like he's on steroids.... wait, that's 99% of the servers out there! :) Nevermind. ;)

 

Seriously though. I really think this could be great if used WITH a keyboard/mouse.

 

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Jul 23 2008 11:18 AM

I'm pleasantly surprised to see that it's more than I expected (a face twitch sensor).

Does OCZ have plans to make this work with any consoles or alternate OS's?  I play most games on PS3, 360, and Wii... and only occasionally use WINE to play CS:Source or EQ on Linux.

If not for the Windows-only aspect, I'd buy one right now.

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Cygnis replied on Wed, Jul 23 2008 4:34 PM
Looks like fun.. For those with the time to devote to learning the device, it could really turn out to be quite a bump to ones gaming. Especially if one has the time, on a day to day basis.

Considering we have limited understanding of our own brains, and their capability.

Tho, truly, the potential of such a device is limited only by one self.

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You'll find out next time you play an FPS and see a guy running around randomly shooting at nothing and hopping like he's on steroids.... wait, that's 99% of the servers out there! :) Nevermind. ;)
 

lol... your joke's funnier than mine mainly because it's so true!!!

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Imagine your motor cortex fully activated while you have full muscle tone but both what your cortex says you are experiencing and what you are actually experiencing are not what you body is actually doing. You were trained to do this on a brain computer interface. Highly Skilled lucid dreamers in intense sessions and brain tomography on the level of seismic tomography make this all possible. Accessing the brain thru non-invasive means is vital in Berlin where Brain Computer Interfacers and the Locked-in are moving things with only their minds; however, one might say that all this research is treading water awaiting advances in Neuro-surgery.  I’m pitching the thoroughly developed non-invasive technique as a necessary prelude to the invasive interface.  I’m just looking for sympathetic places to post the story I’m telling in the form of a fictitious photo journal.

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I wonder how this thing'll work out for people with chemically imbalanced brains i.e. skitzos, etc. lol!!!

 

Now that funny recovering! I dont care who you are thats funny! Seeing how it is that I,ve had 2 Brain surgeries and they scrambled things around a lot in there and my motor skills and my cognitive thinking skills SUCK this just might have to be some of my new RIG arsenal. Im serious how much does one of those toys cost! Hmmmmm I wonder if I can get my medicare and Humana policy to pay for me one for MEDICAL Necessecity! LOL   Well Its a thought then I might be able to go to combat with some of you guys online playing crysis and others. Others I,ll have to put up a donation cup at some stores around here! LOLWink

 

 

 

 

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sandymiss replied on Mon, Jun 22 2009 4:19 AM


Thanks for the suggestion, I wish it had worked.Stick out tongue

 

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kinkon23 replied on Thu, Aug 13 2009 3:18 AM

Accessing the brain thru non-invasive means is vital in Berlin where Brain Computer Interfacers and the Locked-in are moving things with only their minds; however, one might say that all this research is treading water awaiting advances in Neuro-surgery.  I’m pitching the thoroughly developed non-invasive technique as a necessary prelude to the invasive interface.  I’m just looking for sympathetic places to post the story I’m telling in the form of a fictitious photo journal.

 

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Stephaned replied on Fri, Sep 18 2009 12:47 AM

This is a waste of time in my mind , controllers like the Novint Falcon are gonna leave these kind of weird experiments hidden in the shadows.

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sonicb00m replied on Mon, Sep 21 2009 8:31 PM

This whole idea frightens me. I definitly think we should try and get a better understanding of the human brain before we start tinkering with this sort of experimental stuff. Besides, I am indeed quite satisfied with my mouse and keyboard combo.

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neilganon replied on Tue, Sep 22 2009 9:46 PM

I think the problem would be keeping focused on the game. Wouldn't it be easy to get distracted and send random commands to the game?

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neilganon replied on Tue, Sep 22 2009 9:47 PM

I think the problem would be keeping focused on the game. Wouldn't it be easy to get distracted and send random commands to the game?

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Im not sure how i feel about this.

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Seth replied on Thu, Mar 13 2014 2:43 PM

i think if you use this and Oculus Rift at the same time, you become Neo. But seriously, I feel like this could have a lot of beneficial uses for people with muscular distrophy or ALS.

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