This Wearable Device Lets You Control Any IoT Device Using Only Your Thoughts

NextMind wearable
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NextMind, a Paris, France-based neurotechnology startup, unveiled a wearable device that can control any device using just a person’s thoughts. Launched at Slush 2019, a conference of startups and investors in Helsinki, this groundbreaking technology is a first-of-its-kind, noninvasive, brain-computer interface that translates brain signals instantly from the user’s visual cortex into digital commands for any device in real time, the company said.

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“This technology breakthrough represents the next frontier of human-computer interaction and we are truly humbled to be here today introducing NextMind to the world,” said Kouider. “For those who have said it would never be possible with noninvasive technology to communicate intent and implement actions directly from our brain to the world around us, it’s time to believe – because this is real, and the possibilities are truly endless.”

The round shaped wearable device is small and light-weight. It can fit into the back of a cap or headband, and rests gently on the user’s head. Patented dry active electrodes provide high quality signals. It captures data from the electrical signals created by the user’s neuron activity in the visual cortex, and using machine learning algorithms, transforms that output into communication that enables easier interaction and control with a computer, AR/VR headset or any device within the Internet of Things, reports Business Wire. The device can be used up to 10 hours in fully active mode.

A man with wearable device on his head
Image: NextMind

A limited number of NextMind Development Kits will ship during the first half of 2020, said Kouider. A Dev Kit pre-order announcement is anticipated in January. Developers interested in receiving special advance notice about placing orders can sign up at www.next-mind.com/waitlist.

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The general public can try out this device at CES 2020 in booth #21839 in LVCC, South Hall 1 from Jan. 7-10.

Founded by Sid Kouider in 2017, NextMind develops the next generation of brain computer interfaces.