Now this is pretty interesting. Last week Patently Apple published a post that took a look at the next generation computer interface called the "Brain Computer Interface". Big tech companies like Google, Sony and others are exploring similar interfaces. Google's Project Glass sounds familiar right? The story by Patently Apple also shows a new Samsung patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. So what's this patent about?
Onto the new patent, Samsung states "The neural activity is tracked on a neural activity detecting device. Preferably, the Neural activity are transmitted via wired or wireless to the control unit. For example,
the Alpha waves (8-13 Hz) could be affected if the user concentrates on some actions. Thus, if the concentration pattern is detected, the system is responsive to the signal and issue an instruction to take action to "open file", "close file", "copy file", "clicking", "paste", "delete", "space", or "inputting characteristics" etc.
This patent also uses Eye tracking to control the display, which is pretty cool. Samsung's patent also points to a mini projector 230 that would be incorporated into the portable device, take a look at the image below.
Point #35 of Samsung's new patent states:
The present invention also provides a user control module to control the cursor without mouse or touchpad. A computing device comprises a display and a detecting device on said display for detecting motion of a user.
Samsung's version of Project Glass
So what is this patent really about? Well it appears that Samsung is building their own version of Google's Project Glass. We've seen a few other companies working on Project Glass as well. In a report by Patent Bolt, Steve Mann, a pioneer in brain computer interfaces and wearable computing was asked: "Will all computer companies make a version of glass?" His answer to the question was "Yes. There will be Apple Glass, and Google Glass, and RIM Glass."
So is the future of these mobile platforms in brain computer interfaces? Could be. We've already seen Google's Project Glass shown off at Google I/O this year, and heard rumors of Apple working on something similar. So could this become a reality in a couple years? It would be interesting to see.