OCZ to launch Neural Impulse Actuator “brain controller”

By on March 4, 2008, 8:46 AM
Straight out of sci-fi culture and into reality, OCZ Technology Group just announced that its Neural Impulse Actuator (NIA) brain-computer interface game controller has begun mass production and that launch into market is “imminent.”

The device is essentially a brain controlled peripheral that reads electrical signals from your brain through 3 carbon sensors and turns them into in-game actions – allowing users to control PC games without the use of a keyboard and minimal use of a mouse.

OCZ promises that average users will be able to begin using the device within hours after some initial practice. Of course, use of the device at its full potential will require some significant amounts of training, but OCZ claims the NIA can cut reaction times by as much as 60 percent over a conventional mouse controller. No concrete details on pricing have been confirmed yet, but sources claim the NIA should sell in the $300 range when it becomes available.

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whiffen said:
That sounds really cool, next all they have to do is make your brain have WIFI and add on some hard drives and your all set! I am a bit doubtful about how well it will work but I'm sure once these are available there will be more insight to go by. I want to start saving now >;D[Edited by whiffen on 2008-03-04 11:44:56]
icye said:
I personally don't see that this device as being practical in everyday computing situations enough at this moment of time to replace the keyboard and mouse combination.
Nirkon said:
This seems very very cool... but I suspect the first models will be lame...and we need games to support the features.. I mean what exactly can you do with it?move left and right and shoot? (if you think about moving right, do you move right? and at what angle/speed??).this seems more complicated than 300$ quite frankly ;)
icye said:
I really don't think this device can actually detect brain waves and with OCZ developing it doesn't give me much reason to hope that it won't be buggy.
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