According to a report by Patently Apple, Patent Bolt revealed back in November 2012 that Samsung had filed for a patent involving the technology related to brain computer interface. The patent explains neural activity like EEG, EOG and EMG being tracked on a detecting device. The report further adds, “The idea is to tap into concentration patterns that would be able to respond to the user mental commands to “open file”, “close file”, “copy file”, “clicking”, “paste”, “delete”, “space”, or “inputting characteristics.”
The report claims that Samsung is planning to build, with the help of its researchers and Roozbeh Jafari (an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas, Dallas), a future Galaxy Note type Smartphone or tablet allowing users to use their thoughts to perform various functions like launch an app, power up and down, select a contact or play a song from the playlist. The research is in the early stages and Samsung is testing it out with EEG monitoring electrodes studded on caps as shown in the image.
Several years ago, a small keypad was the only input modality to control the phone, but nowadays the user can use voice, touch, gesture, and eye movement to control and interact with mobile devices. Adding more input modalities will provide us with more convenient and richer ways of interacting with mobile devices, ” says Insoo Kim, Samsung’s lead researcher.
This research is not exactly new or unique. In the past, there have been similar research done by many including a Sony patent for a similar system for gaming in Oct 2012. Lately, Samsung is trying to catch the fancy of consumers by using the marketing techniques to perceive itself as innovative and creating a buzz around their brand. It is inspired by the Smartphone revolution started by Apple in 2007. The actual product is still far into the future.
The Samsung Brainwave tablet will require the existing detecting and tracking technology to be miniaturized and practically implemented in the slim dimensions of today’s mobile devices to see it to reality. You can read the full report by Patently Apple here and you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest and keep you updated.