BBC Develops Mind Control Headset to Replace TV Remote

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Fight over TV remote control among family members and friends will soon be condemned to history as the BBC has teamed up with tech company This Place to produce a headset that uses ‘mind control’ to select programmes.

The prototype of the gadget, which reads brainwaves to select programmes on iPlayer has been designed to work with an experimental version of the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service, Yahoo News reports.

The brainwave-reading gadget enables viewers to turn on and operate the app by concentrating or relaxing their minds, choosing either ‘meditation’ or ‘attention’ on the player.

In initial trials, ten BBC staff used the headset to launch iPlayer and view a programme, though the BBC reports that some found it easier than others.

If further trials are successful, the technology could be used by people with a range of disabilities that prevent them from using traditional remote controls, however, the technology is unlikely to be ready for some years yet.

Source: Yahoo News

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