Bringing your Avatars to Life

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.

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2 responses to “Bringing your Avatars to Life

  1. Fred

    This is truly wonderfully amazing technology that can help the handicapped. Another name that’s appropriate is cyborg, since that denotes man-made engineered devices to extend the biological capabilities of humans, which was borrowed by Star Trek to denote the hive-like robotic creatures who were the nemesis of Capt Kirk, et.al.

    To create Star Trek technologies like the Holodeck, it will be necessary to further develop alternative computers to the conventional, serial computers that we employ today. In some ways these alternative technologies mimic biological processes, such as fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, and especially artificial neural networks (ANNs). Genetic alogrithms develop code through emulating biological reproductive processes and was developed by Prof. Holland of the University of Michigan. ANNs simulate the massively parallel neural networks of our brain and are exactly the opposite of the serial computers which have so increasingly dominated our everyday lives. In Artificial Intelligence ANNs are called “connectionist” and have been around since the 1950s although theoretical roadblocks weren’t overcome until the 1980s. ANNs operate in a fashion similar to our brains by recognizing patterns.

    We live in a brave new world. Thanks to Terry for bringing to light these amazing beneficial applications!

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