A theta whack to the side of the head
This year at the C.E.S. 2009, the one toy that grabbed everyone’s attention was a game from Mattel that challenges players to control a ping-pong ball with their minds.
Aptly called Mindflex, it is designed to read theta brainwaves, typically associated with alertness and concentration to enable control of the ping pong ball.
A player straps on a headset that is designed to read theta brainwaves, typically associated with alertness and concentration. By focusing or relaxing, the player can control the speed of a fan that elevates a lightweight purple ball, and then must try to turn a knob by hand to guide the ball through various hoops in an obstacle course.[From BITS at NYTimes.com – Mattel Channels Obi-Wan: “Stretch Out With Your Feelings” by Brad Stone.]
Mindflex will hit the stores this fall and retails for $80. Put that on your Christmas 2009 list. It’ll come handy.