Sounds like something straight out of a Sci-Fi movie, but according to the London Times a $299 headset is due to hit the markets soon that will read facial expressions and simple thoughts to control gaming actions. Called the Epoc, the headset works by reading facial expressions and basic thoughts via non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG), then transferring them to a game character, otherwise known as an avatar.
Picture this: you’re getting prepped for surgery (it’s minor, nothing to worry about…) and you notice that your surgeon is not scrubbing or checking charts. He’s playing the Nintendo Wii. Your first impulse is to bolt off the table, collect your insurance card and get the heck out of there. But wait. Nintendo’s wildly popular little machine may have yet another use—honing the fine motor skills of surgeons. And it seems to work.