Brainball!

Eight years ago, Rebecca and I attended the Expo 2000 in Hanover. I think the highlight of the expo for both of us was playing a Swedish game called Brainball. In the game, two of you sit at opposite ends of a table. There is a ball in the middle of the table and two circles representing goals at each end. The goal is to get the ball into your opponent’s goal. Sort of like table hockey, I guess.

Except for how you are meant to achieve it! Both of you are hooked up with a headset that measures alpha and theta brainwaves. The brainwaves control the movement of the ball – the more relaxed you are, the more chance you have of scoring. Genius! Of course, as soon as you see the ball heading for your opponent’s goal you start to get excited and it can come careening back at you.

The other day we were reminiscing about how great the game was and I decided to do some Googling to see if it was around anywhere. Looks like it was at the Science Museum for a while but it’s gone now. The BBC also have one that they use on various children’s shows. But it is available for purchase at the low low price of £11,000! (plus VAT and delivery)

One day…

Website (with videos).

Also – Mind games: Harnessing the power of your thoughts – controlling computer games with your mind, from the Independent.

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One thought on “Brainball!

  1. The psychology guys already connected their brain computer interface to our virtual reality setup. They do tests with really simple navigation tasks.
    Drawbacks: you need hours of training to use it, you need a cap with the wires etc. Seems like it’s nothing you could use for regular game playing in the near future 😦

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