A convention for graphic designers
is the last place you expect to find hot new technology showcasing how
to manipulate a computer with only your mind. Yet, that is exactly what
is going on right now in SIngapore at the SIGGRAPH conference hosted by
For those of you unfamiliar with A*STAR it is Singapore's lead agency for fostering world-class scientific
actively nurtures public sector research and development in Biomedical
Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, with a particular focus on
fields essential to Singapore's manufacturing industry and new growth
industries. It oversees 22 research institutes, and supports extramural research with the universities and hospital
Some of the interestingly titled technologies that they are showing include:at the A*STAR exhibit, Dec. 11 to 13, at the SIGGRAPH conference include:
- Brain Control for Attention Training;
- DJ-SIM: DJ Simulation Game with a Remote Gesture Control Interaction Mechanism;
- Human Action Recognition Technology;
- Lightdraw: Human-Computer Interaction for Large Screens;
Why would you want to play a thought based game?
Well, besides the cool factor. and the ability to brag to your friends these technologies can help the handicapped.
Why did the developers make them?
"... our multi-disciplined
researchers seek to develop use-inspired research that could enhance
how we live; enrich our playing and learning; and more importantly,
improve how we work. We look forward to some of these technologies
becoming commercial applications in the near future," said Chong Tow
Chong, Ph.D., Executive Director of A*STAR's Science and Engineering
Research Council (SERC).
The products are out for licencing right now, so we may see them out for purchase pretty soon.
Before you ask me. No, they are not giving out a lot of details about how the technologies may be used in the near future.