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Google reportedly tried to buy a brainwave-reading startup

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Posted in Science on 1st Mar, 2014 02:06 AM by AlexMuller

Not content with voice, visual, or gestural input, Google cofounder Sergey Brin reportedly tried to buy a Toronto-based startup that makes a brainwave-tracking headband. On Thursday, TechCrunch cited an unnamed source close to InteraXon, which makes the Muse headband.

 

The source reported that Google approached the company, which said it was not interested in getting acquired. Founded in 2009, InteraXon has already attracted $7.2 million in funding, including a Series A Round led by Horizon Ventures last summer that netted $6 million. An Indiegogo campaign through the end of last year pulled in almost $300,000.

 
Cofounder/chief executive Ariel Garten has said she wants to build a $500 million company within five years. Other companies, such as NeuroSky, are also working on brainwave interfaces.
 
The headband, expected to be released in May for about $300, uses six EEG sensors to monitor electrical activity in the brain, which the company compares to a heart-rate monitor detecting a pulse. Changes in five brainwave types are detected while a user focuses on specific tasks, and those changes are transmitted as digital signals to an app on a device.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
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Google is already investing great deal in robotics and AI and InraXon would add to efforts in this direction. I guess they will find another way to obtain technical expertise in this area Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
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Several companies are developing brainwave interfaces based on EEG signals. One of the key questions is whether this technology can be made to work 100 percent of the time for certain, useful tasks.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
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The tasks that they are testing seem quite useful and include tasks to control music devices, play games, or change environmental settings in one’s home. Very interesting and would be good to try!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
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Similar principles have elsewhere been used to reconstruct images viewed by an individual by reading their neural signals alone. - this will be used more Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
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Yes, reportedly, Samsung is preliminarily investigating mind-controlled smartphones as the next step beyond touch, gesture, and eye-controlled interfaces. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
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Lets hope we can take brain-machine interfaces to the next level and then make lot of applications!
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-03-01
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The prospect that it could work in the future also gives some hope to people that lost the ability to physically control their environment, like Steven Hawking. Mind control might offer a non-invasive way to regain some sense of control, freedom, and easier communication with the world. Reply
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