Visitors to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next week will be able to control lightshows at major landmarks by the power of thought alone.
Toronto-based InteraXon has invented a headset that picks up the user’s alpha and beta waves and translates them into commands.
“We’re like interpreters fluent in the language of the mind: our system analyses the frequency of your brainwaves and then translates them into a control signal for the computer to understand,” says the company.
The system will be used to control lightshows at Toronto’s CN Tower, Ottawa’s Parliament buildings and Niagara Falls.
Slow, gentle thoughts will dim the lights, whereas high-freqency beta waves will spark them up, sending comet trails streaming down the CN Tower or lighting up Niagara Falls in purple and red.
Previous projects from the small start-up have included thought-controlled musical projects, video games and even levitating chairs.