World's Largest Thought-Controlled Computing Installation in Vancouver
Interaxon's bright ideas lights up Ontario house at the Vancouver Olympics
"The McGuinty Government is excited to have InteraXon participate at Ontario House during the 2010 Olympic Games. This unique attraction showcases three of our tourism icons in an innovative, exciting and interactive way," says Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism and Culture.
Users will have the chance to experience the latest in Ontario technology innovation at InteraXon's Bright Ideas installation. "Imagine controlling anything without the touch of a buttonexpanding your ability to change the world beyond your physical self. It gives you a sense of the potential of the technology we are bringing into everyday life," says InteraXon's CEO Ariel Garten.
The headset used in the installation measures the brain's electrical output and reacts to alpha waves, associated with relaxation, and beta waves, associated with concentration. As the users relax or focus their thoughts, the computer will send a message over the internet to the site they are viewing. InteraXon's custom software connects users thoughts to the lighting controls to change the display on the landmark site. The outcome is a thoughtgenerated light show that will be visible to the local residents in Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara Falls and will be projected on massive screens in Ontario House during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
"We're working to bring thoughtcontrolled computing out of research labs and into the mainstream," explains Trevor Coleman, COO. "InteraXon helps companies looking to engage in the exploding thought controlled computing market develop their own brainwavecontrolled products and services." As brainwave technology reaches its full potential, the implications for the disabled are immense. Thought controlled wheelchairs and prosthetics are already a reality, and will become more accessible and affordable in the coming years.
"As the technology gets smaller, more precise, and less expensive there's no limit to the kinds of things we can control with our minds," adds Chief Technical Officer Chris Aimone. "We can fit a demonstration into a briefcase and take it to your office."
InteraXon is a Toronto-based company that serves clients with custom thoughtcontrolled products and experiences. They were invited by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism to create an attraction at the Vancouver Olympics that would highlight the innovation and ingenuity of Ontario's startup companies.
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