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Xiaomi's New Headband Allows For Brain-Powered Device Controlling

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A group of Xiaomi engineers have introduced a concept for a headband that allows users to control digital devices with their brains. The concept has won the company’s third annual online hackathon.

The pattern of human interaction with digital devices is reshaping. The early phones had bulky buttons. Then, those buttons were replaced by a touchscreen. And now, many users don’t even touch their phones and issue commands through voice assistants like Google Assistant or Siri. However, Xiaomi engineers believe you might soon be able to control your device with your brain.

The product is known as MiGu Headband and can translate brainwaves into specific commands. Of course, MiGu Headband is still a prototype, and Xiaomi is not working on it. But as technology is pushing the envelope each year, we might see MiGu Headband in the Xiaomi lineup in the future.

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Xiaomi MiGu Headband wants to revolutionize human interaction with digital devices

MiGu Headband uses electroencephalogram technology to read and translate brainwaves. According to developers, the headband can measure brain waves at three points and then analyze the signals through software. In the end, brain waves can become commands through mapping the EEG waveforms and using machine learning. The developer group says the headband can be used for controlling Xiaomi’s smart home products or even detecting user fatigue.

The idea behind the MiGu Headband seems revolutionary. But the question is who wants to carry a headband to issue commands to digital devices. Voice assistants are already doing the same thing. Of course, those suffering from Aphasia and mobility impairment can find this headband very useful.

The Xiaomi MiGu Headband is just a prototype by a group of creative engineers, and the company is not yet working on it. However, its mind-reading technology can have various uses in increasing drivers’ safety by analyzing their brains and preventing them from falling asleep while driving. Xiaomi currently has a long list of creative devices that remained as prototypes and never found their way to the market, including Mijia AR glasses and Cyberdog.

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