Just as tablets become the favourite for controlling lives, as well as technology, the University of Carolina come along to throw the largest spanner into the works, the human brain. Researchers in the bioengineering department have created a “Brain Machine Interface” (BMI), which is a tattoo-like, wireless device attached to the forehead. At the moment, the contraption is being applied to the medical industry to monitor premature babies and research labs and hospitals are already planning the arrival of the BMI.
But think about it this way. Professor Coleman also sees potential applications in control and telepathy. Imagine, you walk into your house and the lighting, music and heating is set to your mood without you doing anything. The ease of application to the body and antennae to transmit the signals to other wireless receivers means the possibilities could be endless and many ridiculous. The BMI is solar powered and though we have already seen brain signals used to control robotics via implants, this tattoo form avoids complications with incorrect implantation (check out the video of Brain Gate implants in action below). So make the most of your thoughts now before everyone else can read them and let’s hope our AV systems will no longer need a finger lifted.