The Neurotechnology startup-NextMind demonstrated its groundbreaking technology, brain-sensing wearable at CES last year. The latest news is that the company is all set to make it available for developers on pre-order. The first-of-its-kind, non-invasive, brain-computer interface translates brain signals instantly from the user’s visual cortex into digital commands for any device in real-time.
The small, light-weight, round device fits into the back of a cap or headband and rests gently on the user’s head. It captures data from the electrical signals created by the user’s neuron activity in the visual cortex, and using machine learning algorithms, transforms that output into communication that enables easier interaction and control with a computer, AR/VR headset or any device within the IoT.
The NextMind’s DevKit will help developers in game development and AR/VR applications and will prove to be a game-changer for the gaming industry as it promises fully immersive experiences. With the help of the kit, developers will be able to switch on people's minds, enable telekinetic-type powers, and create mind-blowing apps. The DevKit is built around Unity 3D, an intuitive and widely used game engine. It is provided with building blocks, tutorials, and demo apps. It supports a variety of Unity SDK elements and is compatible with a wide range of digital platforms like Microsoft Windows 10, Apple's macOS, Oculus, HTC Vive, and HoloLens.
The DevKit includes NextMind Sensor (Brain-sensing wearable provided with a headband and UBC-C cable), NextMind Engine (Real-time machine learning algorithms transforming neural signals into command), and NextMind SDK (Ready-to-use Unity resources such as tutorials, brain game use cases, demonstrations, and code building blocks). Preorders can be placed for $399.