OCZ, following in the footsteps of Emotiv, is set to launch its $300 Neural Impulse Actuator (fancy for “brain mouse”) in the near future.
The device uses Electroencephalogram (EEG) readings of the brain’s alpha and beta waves, along with muscle and eye movement readings, to let users control a computer without touching anything.
The NIA is geared toward gaming. OCZ demoed the device in a game of Unreal Tournament 3 running smooth as silk with no framerate slowdowns.
Users first learning to use the NIA will certainly have difficulty. However, once accustomed to the gadget, OCZ claims a 60 percent reduction in reaction times. The company is promising that average users will be able to begin using the device after only a few hours of initial practice.
It looks like 2008 will turn out to be the year of the “brain mouse,” although no one yet knows how effective these devices will be. Hopefully the competition between companies will bring us some great products so we can finally use our computers hands-off.