So many technologies, once envisioned in movies, are now becoming a reality. Various organizations are implementing these technologies gradually.
NextMind, the manufacturer of this year’s wearable brain-computer interface, CES, demonstrated its newest developer kit, which will be used to control mobile devices, computers, and VR/AR headsets, according to the reports. The enterprise claims that this product is capable of reading signals from the visual cortex in real-time, helping an individual to control the device by wearing it at the back of the head.
Presently, there are very few wearable brain-computer interface technologies that are mature in the market. Along with NextMind, there is CTRL-Labs, an electrical pulse sensing bracelet, which was recently taken over by Facebook. As the visual cortex is said to contain more information than the eyeballs, the possibility of NextMind's solution having more application scenarios than the simple eye-tracking technology increases.
The vision of Facebook to design a device that can convert brain signals into the language without needing any work on muscles. In-depth learning is sufficient to understand the brain straightaway, decode what is inside it, and achieve seamless communication.
Regina Dugan, the leader of Building 8, a cutting-edge product development team of Facebook, announced in April 2017 that Facebook would develop a ‘hat’ that would be capable of transmitting words from the human brain at the rate of 100 words/minute in the next couple of years.
Facebook ultimately aspires to develop AR glasses. VP of Facebook's AR/VR business, Andrew "Boz" Bosworth stated that the project’s real intention was to develop a non-invasive wearable device that can help individuals to type only by imagining what they want to say, representing the future investment in AR glasses.
Neuralink, Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface startup, demonstrated its new-generation invasive brain-computer interface devices, presenting three piglets with brains fixed in the brain-computer interface.
WIMI, a provider of solutions under 5G, has a foremost AR holographic application platform in China, which is mainly used in education, advertising, entertainment, and other industries. Furthermore, its hardware environment is comparatively mature, benefiting the development of software and content in these fields.