Sincer I bought my first Mac and was introduced to the ubiquitous mouse, I’ve been fascinated by new ways to interface with a computer. I’ve tried a whole slew of pointer controllers including track-balls, track pads, chip movers (a strange tiny cube you moved), and most recently a motion capture system that allows me to control my screen using my hands. I’m a very big believer in Voice control, and even considered a strange device you wore on your head that allowed head movements to control your computer pointer. It never caught on for the general market, but has become very popular with the severly disabled.
Yet, since I first read William Gibson’s Neuromancer and heard the term “jacking in” I’ve longed for a time when I could directly connect my mind with the computer. Well, that wait is no more. Several companies have developed products that read brain waves and then use them to control, or at least see them on your computer. One of the most imaginative is Necomimi. They’ve created this device you wear. It has a small sensor you place on your forehead, a clip you attach to your ear, and two soft, furry ears that pop out of the top. Turn it on, and it will read your brain waves and control the ears. Get into a relaxed state, they lay down like you are sleeping. Become alert, and they perk up. Get, “in the groove” and they wiggle back and forth. I mean, this is something I REALLY NEED!