STRANGE DAYS

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Do you remember Strange Days? That 1996 movie pictures a dystopic future in which people wear SQUIDs (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device), headsets that record events directly from the wearer’s cerebral cortex, and when played back through a MiniDisc-like device called DECKs, allow a user to experience the recorder’s memory. Well, maybe that scenario is not that far.

In the last years a few neuroengineering companies and open-source projects released a series of affordable EEG systems, brain sensors designed to be consumer friendly without compromises on the signal quality. These devices allow you to real-time stream brain information, not only in terms of raw data but also in terms of meaningful sensations. It is possible to get measures of Attention, Meditation, Engagement, Excitement levels of the user wearing the device, and also mind-control digital operations and tasks.

Today MHOX starts seeking for possible design applications of this technology. We are curious to see how these headsets may be able to control interactive environments, drive objects’ morphogenesis, and ultimately affect our daily practices. We start comparing the Emotiv Epoc and the Neurosky Mindwave sensors, managing their inclusion in our generative design environment and their connectivity with human activities and experiences. The testing is led in collaboration with ENTD | digital design for innovation and Co-de-iT | Computational Design Italy.

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