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>> Move over self-driving cars, robots, and artificial intelligence. Japanese car maker Nissan wants to give brains the stage today. Lucian Gheorghe, Nissan Senior Innovation Researcher, unveiled his team's work to use brainwaves to help the car drive better.>> This is a device that we have been developing because when we started this six years ago we needed to work with medical level devices.
If you've seen that with a 64 channels
] here at the Las Vegas tech show, CES. It's not just Nissan that's working with our brainwaves for futuristic product ideas.
>> Before the person does it?>> Before the person does it. It's difficult to comprehend.>> Indeed it was.>> What is you? What is the average? Is it the average you?>> If this all seems like pie in the sky mumbo jumbo, it's because, in a sense, it is.
Dr. Gheorghe says this technology is still far off, but it's Nissan's way of letting science run ahead of the times with the hope something will eventually stick.>> I'm Reuters'
Several other companies are trying as well, and some of them have brought their prototypes to the show. That whole brain to muscle movement thing, it's already used for amputees who can control their robotic arms with their brain. BrainCo, started by Harvard PhD student Hun B Chung, has a robotic arm which will cost only a few thousand dollars.
It requires some training to use. The company also developed a headband it's testing in a school in Beijing that allows the teacher to see if any of the students are drifting off. So wake up, kids. For consumers looking to explore brainwave devices, Muse headband has been sold for several years already to help you meditate by giving you the tools to monitor the brainwaves.
And if you want to look less like a geek, the technology is now embedded in these Smith glasses too. Even Tesla founder Elon Musk's latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with a machine interface. And Facebook is looking to see if we can type with our minds in the future.
But for now, use your brain to move objects is mostly more entertainment than reality, like this prototype bed that rises when you concentrate, a good way to attract attention to your booth at a large and noisy tech expo jam packed with toys.