Samsung’s developer conference, which allows the US manufacturer/developer to present its latest innovations, has been completed after two intensive days. It was on this occasion that we discovered the foldable smartphone of the brand, but also the future improvements of Bixby. The smartphone is not the only market involved in this event. TV is also an important sector for Samsung, and Samsung is seeking to improve accessibility with an amazing new project.
Your Brain As A Remote Control
Project Pontis as it is called for a very simple purpose, as explains CNET: ignore the remote control to let you control your TV through … your brain, directly. To do this, the user must wear a kind of soft helmet equipped with 64 sensors, and look in the direction of an eye tracker.
The system must then be set to recognize brain waves related to the desired action. Finally, the eye tracker is used to determine what specific element of the screen (imagine, what movie displayed) the user is trying to select.
This innovation is developed in-house in partnership with the neuroprosthetic center of the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne in Switzerland. It still has some limitations, including the need to apply a conductive gel on the user’s skull to capture brain waves.
Accessibility First And Foremost
The idea of this progress is obviously not to make you more amorphous in front of your TV. But rather to make the leisure accessible to the greatest number including the people with reduced mobility who can not necessarily make use of a remote control.
Ricardo Chavarriaga, a scientist at EPFL working on the project, said: ” How can we offer access to people who can not move or have extreme limitations in their movements? ” The project also has its philosophical part: ” We create ever more complex technologies, always smarter, but we should not forget that these technologies are made to interact with the human “.