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EEG tech­nol­ogy has been used by doc­tors and re­searchers for decades to mon­i­tor the brain­waves of pa­tients. This tech­nol­ogy has now been brought within reach of all of us thanks to a young Aus­tralian’s high-tech start-up. Tan Le, the founder of Emo­tiv, has pro­duced an EEG head­set that mon­i­tors the neu­ron ac­tiv­ity in your brain to mea­sure your emo­tions. The €300 head­set con­nects via Blue­tooth to a smart­phone app that mon­i­tors your brain ac­tiv­ity. The app’s screen shows your neu­ron ac­tiv­ity in real-time. That brain ac­tiv­ity is then con­verted into read­ings for emo­tions such as re­lax­ation, ex­cite­ment and stress. The Emo­tiv tech­nol­ogy is so ef­fec­tive that mar­ket­ing firms are us­ing it to mea­sure how peo­ple re­spond to la­bels in shops or when us­ing a par­tic­u­lar fea­ture while driv­ing a car. How­ever, the most fas­ci­nat­ing fea­ture is its abil­ity to con­trol ob­jects us­ing just your thoughts. Emo­tiv has re­leased a ded­i­cated app, MindDrone, that al­lows you to fly a small drone us­ing just your thoughts when you’re wear­ing the head­set. To­day, it’s a drone but we may soon see a time when you can turn on lights or the TV sim­ply by think­ing about it.

MIND READER: Nifty EEG head­set

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