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Samsung working on brain control of your phone or tablet

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Samsung working on brain control of your phone or tablet
This is the result of using technology for good and complements our recent story on using mind control with today's touchscreen devices. Samsung and the University of Texas are working on a system that would allow users to don a cap filled with EEG electrodes and with the use of an app, control the workings of a smartphone or tablet by using their brain. This would be a fantastic tool for those who have a handicap that does not allow them to use their fingers to control a touchscreen device. While there are already products on the market from NeuroSky and Emotiv Systems that use EEG signals to control inputs, they are used for gaming.

This EEG cap allows users to make selections on a tablet by using their thoughts

This EEG cap allows users to make selections on a tablet by using their thoughts

Samsung, together with Roozbeh Jafari, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas, are developing the system to allow users to select contacts, open apps and select a song from a list on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The researchers discovered that by monitoring well-known brain activity patterns while showing visual patterns repetitively, people could open an app and make selections from a menu by concentrating on an icon blinking at a certain frequency.

The research is far from completed. Right now, it takes 45 minutes to set up the cap, and the electrodes still requires a sticky gel to apply. The current success rate is between 80% and 95% with a selection made every 5 seconds. The exciting thing is that the technology does work and is being refined. Eventually, those who otherwise could not use a touchscreen device will be able to still own and seamlessly use a smartphone or tablet.

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source: TechnologyReview via RedmondPie

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posted on 20 Apr 2013, 14:02 5

1. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


wow thats great! hopefully we experience it so soon on tab and phone.and hopefully if that time comes Samsung already comes up with a new and fresh design of thier phones and tabs!

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 16:10 22

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Apple already use this technology, but instead of controlling phones and tablets, Apple controls gullible and naive customers brains.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 05:27 3

34. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 217; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Ha!Ha! Thats funny

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 06:14 4

36. Trex95 (Posts: 938; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Perhaps Samsung copy your brain Lol.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 06:25

37. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Actually this technology is now working...look at you, you've been controlled by Samsung.lol

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 08:37

47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


LOL! I don't use Samsung products.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 06:48 2

38. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Why on earth would someone red-arrow amats69 I have no idea. It seems some people can't get over it when their non-favourite company is innovating or doing special.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 07:22 1

42. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Nah you dont know phone arena dude. This site is full of fanboys...actually I'm not a fan of Samsung because I don't like how they design there phones nowadays but I'd like the idea of this brain control..and I support Samsung on this

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 08:11 1

46. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


naah its not samsung ideas Dartmouth College have done that with iphone in 2010
check this out :
www.technologyreview.com/view/418258/mobile-phone-mind-control/

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 14:02 7

2. DroidGod (Posts: 48; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


This is awesome. Whats next?!

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 14:04 17

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is actually pretty cool. The benefits of this will help people with disabilities all over the world. Great job Univ. of Texas and Samsung.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 14:07 11

4. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


now thats innovation!!

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 22:41 6

25. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


too many haterz here......... or too many chutiay here.... y thumb down.... brain washed ppl....

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 06:53 3

39. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


Exactly! @osmaankhaan
This is fanboyism on another level - what is wrong with PapaSmurf's statement? Samsung are innovating, these dislikers should get over it!

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 07:11 1

41. SleepingOz (unregistered)


2 words; butthurt haters..
But you know what they say; baseless hatred is all about jealousy, which is just confused admiration. =]

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 07:48 3

43. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


phone arena should remove dislike button....

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 08:07

45. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


samsung are innovating are you serius???
someone else have done that with iphone in 2010 just check my comment #44 for more details

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 07:29

52. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


Haha k fine.. yudi the inventor

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 07:42

54. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


thanks ^_^

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 14:38 14

5. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


apple take notes of innovation from samsung.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 14:47 8

6. tedkord (Posts: 12207; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Take notes? Right now they're preparing a patent application.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 14:54 5

7. osmaankhaan (unregistered)


doing the only thing they can do..

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 18:21 2

18. tedkord (Posts: 12207; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I wonder which poster here signed himself up for 10 or so accounts.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 15:39 23

10. nerdylish (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


Why do you guys involve Apple in every damn article?

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 15:45 11

11. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


because they like apple...............secretly.....LOL

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 16:00 5

12. biophone (Posts: 1968; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Very true

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 20:47 3

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 5991; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple really has no class and their users are mostly gullible consumer that has no idea what and where technology has advanced.

I bored with Apple iOS launcher since 2009.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 04:24 1

32. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


so you mean you are a gullible consumer last 2009 downwards?

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 16:34 5

15. Droiddoes (unregistered)


This technology would not work on an appfail novelty. You need brainpower to make it work, so....

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 14:58 21

8. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 122; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Samsung should first try to perfect the eye tracking future before moving on to this brain,eye tracking is not working as we initially thought

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