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Samsung’s Project Pontis To Control TV By Brain Waves

Samsung, the leading smartphone company, is working on a software technology that will control the Television box in front of you using brain waves. The research project is titled “Project Pontis” and is aimed to cater to the needs of people with disabilities such as quadriplegia amongst many others. The sole purpose behind working on “Project Pontis” is that Samsung wants to cater to people with physical disabilities who have a hard time adapting to unfriendly technology.

The said project by Samsung will let specially abled people change channels and adjust sound volume with their by their brains. Samsung in co-partnership with the Center of Neuroprosthetics of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland started working at the project three months ago. Such a pro-disability move is appreciated from all corners often consist of how there is talk about making technology user-friendly for people having all sorts of physical limitations.

At the Samsung Developer Conference, speaking about Project Pontis, Ricardo Chavarriaga, a senior scientist at EPFL mentioned the keyword of “accessibility” for all as the motive for such a technology. Ricardo accepted that the technology that EPFL and Samsung are aiming to build is no doubt complex, but it is to provide ease in the human-technology interface.

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A simple breakdown for dummies who are wondering how this technology will work is that a brainwave-controlled TV software will be built. Such a software will collect brain waves when the person sitting in front will want to do something with the TV. It thus will combine indicators from both the environment and brain scans to create such a model that will respond to user’s eye movements and brain waves in order to respond.

The prototype unveiled that in order for brain waves to be collected, the user wears a headset covered with 64 sensors. Simultaneously he’s looking at an eye tracker. The headset is further connected to a computer mirrored to the TV, and that’s how the response is generated. But wait before you think it’s about using a headset and eye tracker, that’s not all.

EPFL and Samsung have plans to crank it up a notch for those users who aren’t able to control their eyes or other muscles to that extent. Samsung and EPFL both realize that technology is different and therefore has to be adjusted according to each person’s need because of variations in brains. So the next step would be to create a model that will rely on users brain signals alone. Simply put, EPFL wants to create a digital interface for the brain that could not really replace touch screens and even voice recognition.

Work on the second type of prototype TV beings in early 2019 and then start the tests in Swiss hospitals.

Written by Anhaar Ahmed

My name is Anhaar Ahmed. I'm a technology journalist at Techglen. Mostly I write about all things tech but you will often find me writing about entertainment news. You can get in touch with me at anhaar@techglen.com

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