An app that controls minds is a reality thanks to PLX Devices, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based manufacturer that makes automotive tuning, diagnostics and display products.
The XWave, which is powered by Neurosky Inc. Technologies, is a small device worn over a user's head that can link to any standard smartphone. When used in conjunction with the XWave app, it allows a user to control his or her own mind.
XWave is able to take the faintest electrical impulses transmitted through the skulll to the surface of the forehead and converts these analog signals into digital signals. Doctors use this technology to treat epilepsy and seizures in patients. The app allows users to train their brain to control its attention and meditation levels.
The human brain is the most powerful, complex thing in the universe, and for the first time, we're able to harness its amazing power and connect it to everyday technology, Paul Lowchareonkul, chief executive of PLX Devices Inc, said in a statement. With the development of third party apps, the potential for innovation is limitless.
The app makes users go through varying levels to be able to control their brain. These levels include having to levitate a ball for a certain amount of time, change a color based on the relaxation of the user's brain and training the brain to maximize its attention span. There is also another app which allows users to connect with each other through music that stimulates brain waves.
PLX Devices is additionally offering a software developer kit for third party developers who want to create their own app to go with XWave. The hardware is available currently for $100 at www.pxlwave.com. The apps are free at iTunes and the App Store.