Mind-controlled VR gaming might be on the way

By Polycount ยท 8 replies
Aug 8, 2017
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  1. As innovative as the current generation of VR gaming peripherals such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Touch might be, there's no denying the appeal of a hands-free VR gaming experience. Voice-controlled VR is one option to accomplish such a goal but what if all you needed to navigate a virtual environment was your mind?

    While mind-controlled VR technology might seem like little more than a science fiction fantasy concept, startup Neurable already has a functioning prototype of just such a device - and they recently showed off exactly what the device could do during SIGGRAPH.

    At the conference, Neurable (in partnership with eStudiofuture) demonstrated a proof-of-concept game called "Awakening". In the game, players would take on the role of a child being held captive in a government facility (Stranger Things, anyone?). To escape, players would have to use telekinesis powers (all brain-controlled) to stop lasers, destroy robots and manipulate objects in the environment.

    This currently unnamed device will reportedly come in the form of an add-on for the HTC Vive - no word on potential Oculus Touch compatibility just yet. The device will function by analyzing certain brain activity patterns to determine what the user wants to do. According to Neurable Vice President Michael Thompson, this tech already exists. Apparently, it's capable of typing on virtual keyboards and controlling prosthetic limbs.

    In addition to being potentially revolutionary for the VR gaming industry, brain-controlled VR could make VR gaming more interactive and accessible for those with certain motor skill impairments - opening up the industry to an entirely new audience.

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  2. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +301

    They could name it NerveGear

    Sword Art Online just around the corner!
  3. Kotters

    Kotters TS Maniac Posts: 318   +218

    Christ I hope not, the last thing we need is more fans of shitty anime around
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,701   +1,808

    I can't tell if you are just shitting on that specific show or anime in general. Either way, par for the course. People seem to either like it or hate it.

    That said, it is kind of creepy how quickly this is moving along.
    namesrejected likes this.
  5. Kotters

    Kotters TS Maniac Posts: 318   +218

    The show itself is quite bad. And the source material is hardly any better. I can understand why it's so popular, but even in terms of an "entry level" show, it's quite lacking...and doesn't make much sense.
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,919   +2,274

    Why not? Mind-controlling VR games are already out. You should see those VR-players after long sessions - real zombies.
  7. Black Slasher

    Black Slasher TS Member Posts: 23   +17

    Came here to insure Sword Art Online is cited. All is alright, the world is safe.
    Puiu and namesrejected like this.
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,005   +2,491

    God ... my doctor gives me heck for not getting enough exercise, now even my fingers and thumbs will start getting fat; but that muscle between ears ..... WOW!
    wiyosaya likes this.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,616   +1,233

    As long as it does not require a direct interface to my brain. Then again, there would seem to be a certain satisfaction and benefit to spatial orientation if you still had to turn your head to look in a different direction. Without this, I can see people getting motion sickness.

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