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See, Lindens, without hands!

October 12, 2007 2:49 am

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A research team led by professor Jun’ichi Ushiba of the Keio University Biomedical Engineering Laboratory has developed a BCI system - which stands for brain-computer interface - that allows a Second Life resident to walk it’s avatar through the virtual world that is Second Life without using mouse, keyboard or any other controller but the power of thought.

The machine exists off a headpiece with electrodes which measures brain activity on three points of your brain: the motor cortex, the cerebellum and the basal ganglia. This data is read by an EEC machine, processed by the BCI system and then translated to avatar movement. Think ‘feet’ to walk, and ‘left arm’ or ‘right arm’ to turn to your - respectively - left or right.

Professor Jun’ichi Ushiba is sure that when more research is done, complex avatar moments and gestures will be possible. Vint thinks: ‘Neat, nevermind the Moven suit, now I don’t even have to really walk anymore!’ But this exploration of BCI systems and virtual worlds can serve a much more noble purpose than gamer lazyness: imagine it being used for rehabilitation purposes or for allowing people which are physically impaired to experience virtual worlds, where they could succesfully thrive a business, explore or… for starters, just pick things up.

Keio University Biomedical Department press release (in Japanese)


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10 Responses to “See, Lindens, without hands!”

October Hush wrote a comment on October 12, 2007
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I have no doubt that eventually we’ll be “plugging in” and using virtual worlds that way instead of with mechanical controls. It’s a little scary and a little exciting at the same time. It will be interesting to see how things progress.

Smiley Barry wrote a comment on October 12, 2007
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Awesome! Although making it work with the “Cinema Glasses” and make it much faster and intuitive, would be even more awesome. Hmm, maybe it’ll reach the phase when it automatically disconnects us from our real body parts and only control SL, so trying to move an arm like in reality would result in Second Life Puppeteering? Would be kinda creepy though, thinking of how to disconnect yourself. By perhaps thinking about the word “disconnect”? Hehe…

Vint Falken wrote a comment on October 12, 2007
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I would love to play a game of pool then. At the moment, I know perfectly well how to aim at the ball, but something goes - obviously - wrong between when my brain gives the ‘fire’ signal and the white ball touches the coloured one. With this I could launch it exactly how the brain wants it! ;)

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Nuschi Martynov wrote a comment on October 17, 2007
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merci, vint!
when i wrote the book in april/may, i mentioned the SL-wii-connection, stating that real nerds would rather wait for the brain-to-SL-interface… now it’s here!!!
where did you find this? are you surfing japanese blogs???
embedded the vid, btw:
http://2ndtravel.blogspot.com/2007/10/in-dem-auerordentlich-bemerkenswerten.html
greetings from the bus, nuschi, honorary gov.

Vint Falken wrote a comment on October 17, 2007
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Nuschi, I try to surf them sometimes - with some help from Google - and I have some in the feedreader even - which confuses the feedreader often. But the link to the press release was dropped on me my e-mail.

the book => the blog?

Nuschi Martynov wrote a comment on October 17, 2007
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the blog is a daily update to my book “mit dem bus durch second life” (=SL by bus), that your human could buy anytime… it’s german, but contains lots of pictures!
(my boss -martin nusch- is a radio-journalist, experiencing SLadventures with me in my bus. i am going to tell him he MUST invite you next time he reads from the book in SL via voice chat!)
the book was basically written march/april/may, being sold since end of august.

Vint Falken wrote a comment on October 20, 2007
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The problem is, my German is really lacking. Although understanding does not go that bad. Congratulations then, I did not fully comprehend what you were trying to say about the book/bus up to now. =)

Pocket Pfeffer wrote a comment on November 6, 2007
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Hiya Vint,

Wow, what an exciting prospect…..and the possibilities are endless. The uses for this technology could be so beneficial to all sorts of people.

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