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Headband could help brain communicate with computers
BostonGlobe ^ | 3 Mar 2014 | Callum Borchers

Posted on 03/04/2014 6:38:26 AM PST by shove_it

Sensor could spot fatigue and adjust duties in an unsafe situation, or help you learn faster

With hundreds of lives riding on every decision, the job of air traffic controller ranks near the top of almost any list of the world’s most stressful jobs. The stakes are so high that the Federal Aviation Administration has increased staffing and rest requirements in recent years to help keep controllers alert in the tower.

But imagine if a computer could know the precise moment an air traffic controller approaches mental overload, and reassign some of his responsibilities to a fresher colleague.

Technology in development at Tufts University’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab could do just that. Computer scientist Robert Jacob and biomedical engineer Sergio Fantini are working on a headband to read brain activity, enabling a computer to determine whether the wearer is bored, fatigued, or sharp ...

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonglobe.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Science
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Finally, a gadget I can use.
1 posted on 03/04/2014 6:38:26 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it; ShadowAce

ping


2 posted on 03/04/2014 6:40:17 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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More useful would be a headband that could communicate common sense to Liberals. That might save the nation.


3 posted on 03/04/2014 6:43:08 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: shove_it
Give the guy a pacemaker and a jolt when his heart "rests"...Or an auto alarm.

I set my clock for food on the stove. As many times as it's gone off, I still jump.

4 posted on 03/04/2014 6:45:25 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: shove_it; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

5 posted on 03/04/2014 6:45:49 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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Tufts University student Sam Hincks is fitted with a headband that transmits light through the forehead and reads brain activity.

6 posted on 03/04/2014 6:50:27 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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Any chance it could be used to help a guy know what women really want??


7 posted on 03/04/2014 7:00:29 AM PST by Brandybux (Oportet ministros manus lavare antequam latrinam relinquent.)
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8 posted on 03/04/2014 7:04:04 AM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: Brandybux

$$$


9 posted on 03/04/2014 7:04:30 AM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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Any chance it could be used to help a guy know what women really want??

LOL, not a chance! We're talking tech, not miracles.

10 posted on 03/04/2014 7:05:28 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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“Any chance it could be used to help a guy know what women really want??”

The problem here is that many women don’t know what they want. So, when they get what they asked for and aren’t satisfied it means that they did not ask for what they wanted. However, here’s my list.

They only want to cuddle, not have sex. But if you cuddle and don’t ask for sex something’s wrong with you.

They want the shiny thing, but it doesn’t bring the happiness they expected so they ask for a bigger one.

They want, above all, for you to know what they want without having to tell you. Only thusly can you demonstrate your love.

They want roses. If you buy them a rosebush they’ll burst into tears.

They want, above all, romance. So, after you get home from eight hours of grueling work and a one hour commute each way, you’d better bring roses, wine, and dinner theater tickets. (You can sluice down with the hose outside and change into your black tie tux in the gaqage.)


11 posted on 03/04/2014 7:10:00 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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I think you gotta end up with air traffic controllers who are male only if you use this device. Imagine what the computer would have to sort through trying to understand the stress level with a female controller. “United 737 turn left to heading 197 .... I want to see that new movie I read about... what was the name.. I don’t remember.. American Airlines 456 descend to 15,000.... I need to get a Kohls 20% off discount card. United 345 descend to 18,000 ..... Can you believe that nail color she’s using?... Oh...I’m do for a pedicure... United 254... “


12 posted on 03/04/2014 7:12:16 AM PST by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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They want, above all, romance. So, after you get home from eight hours of grueling work and a one hour commute each way, you’d better bring roses, wine, and dinner theater tickets.

Whenever I would bring roses or a box of chocolates or any thoughtful thing, I would be accused of cheating on her (WHEN???)

I eventually stopped.

Then she complained bitterly that I didn't bring her flowers anymore!

The divorce was very expensive, and worth every penny...

13 posted on 03/04/2014 7:24:10 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Gen.Blather

A great summation.


14 posted on 03/04/2014 8:37:21 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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15 posted on 03/04/2014 9:00:30 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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