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Sei'taer
06-30-2009, 01:15 PM
I am GETTING one of these! (http://www.nypost.com/seven/06302009/entertainment/health/jedi_mind_trick_do_you_can_176770.htm)


JEDI MIND TRICK....DO YOU CAN!


THE Force can be with anyone now.

Later this summer, anybody anywhere will have the ability to physically move stuff with their minds like characters do in "Star Wars."

No joke.

A new toy that harnesses the same technology doctors use to monitor brain waves will arrive in stores in August. The toy moves when it senses a change in the user's brain-wave patterns.

"It's pretty cutting-edge," says, Frank Adler, executive vice president of Uncle Milton, the toy company that manufactures the "Star Wars"-branded Force Trainer. "It certainly appears to be where things are headed."

It will be if the reaction from 5-year-old "Star Wars" fanatic Ryan Mogg is any indication. Mogg tried out the Force Trainer at a recent "Star Wars" toy fair. In less than a minute, he was controlling the rise and fall of a pingpong ball in a clear tube -- with his brain waves.

"It's like what Obi-Won Kenobi and Darth Maul do!" he said afterward with a big grin.

Scientists call the technology BCI, or Brain Computer Interface, and more sensitive, medical-grade versions are used to help amputees move artificial limbs and victims of paralysis communicate using a computer and software that reacts thought.

A recent episode of the medical drama "House" about a patient suffering from locked-in syndrome (a condition in which the victim of a brain injury is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate) featured a similar device.

The Force Trainer, expected to sell for about $120, is not medical-grade hardware, but it uses a headset to monitor the brain, and then transmits a signal to a base that features a fan and a ball in a tube.

The headset is calibrated to sense beta waves, a specific type of brain waves associated with concentration. When you focus, the headset reads the electrical pattern from inside your head and sends a signal to a microchip that switches on the fan in the base unit and levitates the pingpong in a clear tube.

The more intense the focus and concentration, the faster the fan spins and the quicker the ball rises. When concentration is broken or weak, the ball drops.

A computer chip programmed with the voice of Yoda the Jedi master guides users through several increasingly different levels of control.

Another mind toy, Mattel's Mind Flex, uses the same mind-bending technology to guide a ball through a series of obstacles. It will be available in the fall.

"The mind sends signals to the body all the time," says Tansy Brook, spokeswoman for Neurosky, the company that simplified and shrunk the technology to fit inside the toys. "But for many people this is the first time you can see it sending a signal to things outside body, and it's really just a matter of learning what kind of feeling you need to have in your brain to make things happen.

"The application and modification of the technology is cutting-edge," says Brook, "but its history and roots are based in something very familiar -- EEGs."

Scientists have been studying electroencephalography, or EEG -- the recording of electrical activity along the scalp produced by the firing of neurons within the brain -- since 1890. The technology has been used for medical applications for roughly 60 years, but this is the first time it's become widely available and affordable.



Edited to add link so you can see the pics

Sarevok
06-30-2009, 03:26 PM
hmpf... they misspelled Obi-Wan...

Zanguini
06-30-2009, 05:19 PM
now all i need is 1200 lbs of ketchup, a cubic meter sized pair of fluffy dice, sharks with fricken lasers on thier heads and naked pictures of catherine bell and my plan for world domination will be complete

Nazbaque
07-01-2009, 12:43 AM
Why catherine bell? Wouldn't some other reasonably sexy woman do?

This looks pretty cool, but I'll wait for the lightsabers.

JSUCamel
07-01-2009, 01:35 AM
I'm with Zan. Catherine Bell's pretty hot.

Nazbaque
07-01-2009, 02:11 AM
I agree I was just wondering why his plan hinged on naked pictures of her and not someone else.

Anaiya Sedai
07-01-2009, 02:36 AM
hmpf... they misspelled Obi-Wan...

lol.
"4 to point out spelling mistakes.....":rolleyes:

Zanguini
07-01-2009, 02:22 PM
I need Catherine bell for my plan because i need catherine bell for my plan it is not for you to know just to cower in fear

DahLliA
07-01-2009, 03:20 PM
THAT IS JUST AWESOME ! :D :D :D

I want one.

and zan. I don't know your plan. but I'm 99% sure Megan Fox would produce better results

GonzoTheGreat
07-02-2009, 04:50 AM
I'm not sure that with Megan Fox the 1200 lbs of ketchup would be the most optimal extra ingredient. Perhaps a sort of similar amount of whipped cream would work better with her.

Sei'taer
07-02-2009, 09:08 AM
I'm not sure that with Megan Fox the 1200 lbs of ketchup would be the most optimal extra ingredient. Perhaps a sort of similar amount of whipped cream would work better with her.

Ketchup and whipped cream together...on a chick...I think that would make me vomit because it would look like frothy...

Zanguini
07-02-2009, 10:54 AM
who said i wanted the girl? I just want pictures... the ketchup is for something completely different the pictures are a distraction

Cary Sedai
07-02-2009, 05:34 PM
Baby, honey bunny, sweetheart....

Can I be your co-ruler? You'll just need naked pictures of Hugh Jackman added to the plan. :D

DahLliA
07-02-2009, 05:52 PM
who said i wanted the girl? I just want pictures... the ketchup is for something completely different the pictures are a distraction

AHA! then get a picture of Megan and Optimus together. no one will be able to resist stopping and drooling a bit over that :p