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We first got a glimpse at OCZ’s Neural Impulse Actuator, (NIA), which uses electrical signals generated by your brain and translates them into commands for your PC.

The NIA consists of a headband with three sensors and a small box which converts the signals into commands for the game or application you’re using. With the NIA in development, the control box you can see in the picture is still the engineering size but OCZ reckon it’ll be much smaller in the final production model, which is due out later this year.

Now, given the frankly mad idea of controlling a game with a few electrodes attached to my noggin, I just had to give the NIA a go. Set up is pretty simple with a quick calibration section to measure your average brainwave activity. Once this is done you then follow on-screen instructions to assign various facial movements to a band. These are just simple movements like clenching your jaw or raising your eyebrows. How strongly you do this can be assigned to another band, so the same movement, used more strongly, can be used for another action. Once this is done you just assign the set bands to a keypress and then you’re ready to go.



Loading up Unreal Tournament 2004, I had my jaw set for run forwards with a tighter clench for jumping and a glance to either right or left for straffing left or right. Now I must admit that I thought this was going to be damn near impossible to use and more fiddly than useful but I was actually surprised at how easy and accurate it was.

Pretty soon, once I was used to timing my jaw right, I was double jumping with little trouble and doing a half-decent circle strafe. For sure, you’d very likely have to spend a decent bit of time fine tuning the NIA to get the best out of it but for those of use who may have limited use of our limbs, this could be a very handy new input system. For the more able bodied the NIA probably has less appeal but dependant on price it might find a market in the flight sim community as a cheaper alternative to Track IR and it does have the advantage of not needing a high quality webcam and decent lighting levels to work.
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Mmmm.. schweet!
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someone should mess with him and set jaw clenching to /kill in CSS
    
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Things like this have been around for quite a while. It's a very interesting field. There are even games designed with these types of external monitors in mind.

For example, in my Psychology courses, we used several electrodes and attached them to different parts of a test subject's body. Their reactions would guide the game, control various actions, etc.
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This is going to ruin competitive gaming
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OH NOES TEH GUBBMINT EES STEALKING MY BRAIN CELLS!

Heh, that's a neat little toy right there.
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But wait... it sounds more like it's monitoring muscle movements than neural impulses...
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But wait... it sounds more like it's monitoring muscle movements than neural impulses...
I assume the darn thing captures the different signals "sent" for those movements. So the signal for move jaw right, will be different for move jaw left.

Hm.. we could have some fun with this!
Try using miscelaneous commands for jumping like "clench buttocks". UT2004 players will be having aneurisms all over the planet...
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Start using it at 15 and by the time you're 18, you'll have ground your teeth flat from all that jaw clenching!
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Exactly, at this stage, this product only seems to react to muscular movements.

Whereas other neural products, and the one I used, measure things like galvanic skin response, bloodflow, etc.
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