It is expected that when you give me something, borrow me something, or let me test something out, I will probably break it. So, when someone gives me something like the Neurosky Mindwave to play with, I have to be a very good girl and try to behave myself. The problem with this is very simple: I’m not very good at behaving myself.
But, I did get to try out the Neurosky Mindwave myself, and after playing with it, downloading every application I could find for it, and having a great time (about twice as long as expected) I did reluctantly have to hand it back to its owner. Thankfully, in one piece.
So what IS this odd looking contraption? It is a brain wave detection unit, and the first of its kind to be available to consumers. It monitors your level of concentration, relaxation, or stress level and sends it to your computer where it can do several things with that data. The most amusing of which, games. You can play games using your concentration.
It also gives you simple challenge applications and brain teasers which allows you to monitor your focus while you are doing simple math problems, puzzles and other challenges, and lets you know where you are having particular difficulty, what tasks take you longer then others, and where you need to focus more attention.
For me, the cool part? I actually get to see what my brain is doing! (Not literally, of course.) Also, it sells for $99.99 and comes with tons of free apps, and other downloadable apps that you can use with it. So it is a reasonably priced mind-reader. And, I look cool with random pieces of tech strapped to my head.
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