THE MIND SURFER

This Wiimote hack will convince your friends you’ve broken the mind-machine barrier.

BY MARK ULRICH

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Photography by Sam Murphy

In recent years, researchers have developed technology that allows people to control computers and wheelchairs with their brain waves. My Mind Surfer is a helmet that seems to allow its wearer to control a toy vehicle via brain waves, but its technology is based on something much simpler. It has a Nintendo Wii Remote hidden in it.

Ask a friend to wear the Mind Surfer and tell him if he wants the cursor (or robot, or game character) to move left, he must imagine the left side of his head growing warmer or ...

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