Can 2nd Life Avatars be controlled by thought?

21 November 2010

Question

Can 2nd Life Avatars be controlled by thought?

Answer

We put this to Dr Smitha Mundasad:

Smitha - Yes. From the Neuroscience Conference I went to just this week, I think there's been a lot of success actually working with brain-machine interfaces; that's translating brainwave activity into a digital form so you can then actually control a machine using your brainwave activity. So it wouldn't surprise me if people have been working on that kind of issue. ... Researchers in Japan actually demonstrated a device back in 2008 where a user could control a 2nd life avatar by thinking about performing particular movements. That work was led by Assistant Professor Junichi Ushiba of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Keio University.

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