The idea of controlling physical toy cars using your mind might be old(ish) -just remember the amazing Audi Mind Race, a race track installation with eight tiny Audi cars, controlled through NeuroSky MindWave headsets- but still works well. In a demonstration at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization, presented what they consider to be the next level in gaming.The game was developed in partnership with IEEE and Emotiv. Each race involves two players wearing an Emotiv Insight EEG headset, one of the best devices on the consumer market capable of reading unique brain patterns. Using their brain waves, both players move a car the size of a shoe box around a track.

MailOnline’s Victoria Woollaston had a chance to try out the game in Barcelona, and this is what she said:

‘Training the headset took less than a minute, for both the neural and push states, but trying to clear your brain is tricky at the best of times, let alone at a noisy and busy trade show. […] I chose to think about the chords of Greensleeves on a piano, but this could be anything from writing your name to thinking of person’s face. As long as the thought is the same each time, the technology will work at its most efficient.”

MailOnline's Victoria Woollaston tries out IEEE's mind-controlled racing game
MailOnline’s Victoria Woollaston wearing Emotiv Insight while trying out IEEE’s mind-controlled racing game

 

While the reporter was clearly impressed with the technology, she also found it “a very strange experience”, adding that “It doesn’t feel like you’re doing anything and you can’t become immersed in the game or pay attention to the position of the cars because you’re concentrating on your thought pattern. The technology feels extremely futuristic and I can see its potential but I felt it took away from the enjoyment of playing the game.”

We will update this post once we get more images and/or videos featuring this cool tech demo.

Source and more on this story: dailymail.co.uk