Virtual Reality headsets are the leading form of immersive entertainment but there is a limitation to how deep you can go into these virtual worlds, a limitation caused by the need for physical control mechanisms. This ‘reality wall’ is caused by the fact that your brain is well aware that it’s in two worlds simultaneously, the VR world being experienced and the real world that is executing the controls. For complete suspension of reality and removal of the reality wall there needs to be a way to control your actions from within the VR experience, something that joysticks and even voice control cannot provide.
This reality wall will however soon be shattered with the creation of direct mind control VR headsets by lab coat wearing lads at Neurable. Revealed at this weeks SIGGRAPH conference the Neurable head band can detect event based potentials (reactions) and convert them into actions, a far more advanced approach to a brain-to-computer interface than monitoring EEG brainwave patterns, currently the most common brain to computer interface.
Neurable CEO Ramses Alcaide wowed the audience with his company’s gadget in use within a demonstration game Awakening playerd using the HTC Vive VR headset. Incredibly this is not theory but a real product that will soon change VR forever. Website IEEE Spectrum had a chance to throw a few questions at Alcaide, the full article can be found here.
Science fiction is becoming reality before our virtual eyes. Technology that is so impressively immersive that people may never want to come out of the VR worlds they are exploring. Will the world soon witness masses of people living Matrix style? Sit back, relax and prepare for the walls of reality to slowly fade away.