This groundbreaking technology, says the company, opens new possibilities for gaming and human-computer interaction by instantly translating brain signals from a user's visual cortex into digital commands for any device.
"This is a huge milestone for NextMind and a tribute to all our scientists, investors and partners who have helped us bring a truly transformational experience to the developer community," says Sid Kouider, founder and CEO of NextMind. "We believe this technology will change the gaming industry in massive ways due to how fully immersive and exciting the NextMind experience is. Our product will truly make you feel like a jedi, and we cannot wait to see what NextMind can bring to the global developer community as well as to the future of brain-computer interfaces."
The company's device is a small, lightweight wearable that captures electrical brain signals from the user’s visual cortex as it sits inside a cap or on a band on the back of the user's head. It uses machine-learning algorithms to translate that output into direct digital commands for devices in real time, all while being hands free.
The opportunity for developers to create amazing human-computer interactions using NextMind, says the company, is only limited by their imagination. The brain-computer interface has the power to give users control over their computers and any device in the internet of things, such as lights, TVs, music, games and more. NextMind can be used alone, with an augmented- or virtual-reality headset, or in combination with other controllers such as a gamepad.
The NextMind DevKit includes a variety of Unity software development kit elements and is compatible with a wide range of digital platforms, including Microsoft Windows 10, Apple's macOS, Oculus, HTC Vive, and HoloLens. The DevKit includes the following:
- NextMind Sensor: Brain-sensing wearable with an adjustable headband
- NextMind Engine: Real-time machine-learning algorithms transforming neural signals into commands
- NextMind SDK: Ready-to-use Unity resources such as tutorials, demo apps and games, and code building blocks
The NextMind DevKit can be ordered for $399 from the company's website.