Your virtual avatars can now express emotions. A few months ago I wrote about Virtual Avatars– coming your way. Now an Australian company has this takes this concept even further. Emotiv has designed a interface that can “read” your emotions via sensors in a headset and transmit them to electronic devices.
Not only is this innovative application something for the online gamer, it has much wider current and future applications into physical adaptive devices such as motorized wheelchairs. This type of device may actually help open up or improve mobility options for those with limited functions. This non invasive headset can perhaps eventually aid in self – lifting devices or operating programmed objects such as doors, lights, window blinds, televisions or MP3’s for paralyzed or neurologically impaired individuals. If you visit Emotiv’s site you can see a video demonstration of movement of a wheelchair being directed by various facial gestures using the headset. Yes, we really are getting closer and closer to Star Trek technology.