Telekinesis: the ability to control things using your mind. To most, it sounds like a superpower, but one young innovator is working to make mind-control a (virtual) reality.
As a teenager, doctors tested Lat Ware’s brainwaves using neuro-feedback to treat his Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The treatment inspired Ware to create something radical and revolutionary – a video game powered by the human brain. He said telekinesis is not only frequently featured in popular culture, but it’s a power most people wish to possess.
Lat Ware: Throw Trucks with Your MindTelekinesis: the ability to control things using your mind. To most, it sounds like a superpower, but one young innovator is working to make mind-control a (virtual) reality.
“I think that that basically everyone wants to alter the world through the sheer force of their willpower,” Ware said. “The fantasy just keeps coming up over and over again.”
Through the help of advanced scientific technology and a Kickstarter funding campaign, Ware created Throw Trucks With Your Mind, a video game that allows players to unleash their psychokinetic brainpower on one another. To play the game, players simply wear medical-grade electroencephalogram (EEG) headsets, which measure and digitize real-time brainwave activity. A player’s brain activity then corresponds to certain abilities she has as she plays the game.
While Throw Trucks With Your Mind was launched earlier this year, Ware and his team are continuing to develop the project and create other games.
Since its release, the game has also sparked the attention of medical experts. Researchers have recently started studying the therapeutic potential of Throw Trucks With Your Mind, and particularly, its potential to treat the behavioral problems resulting from Autism.
“We have a study going on at the University of California San Diego, which is using it to treat the behavioral symptoms that come up with Autism Spectrum Disorder and our initial results are very promising,” Ware said.
Ware tells Mike Walter about the development of his remarkable invention and also gives the Full Frame team a chance to play his mind-boggling game.
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