Using Your Mind to Surf TV Channels

Every day it seems as though the human race is slowly getting lazier. A lot of that is down to technology making life easier for us as we are now used to things being done for us instead of us doing things. In this article I will discuss the news that the BBC are currently researching the possibility of a remote control that is controlled using only the viewers mind!

Do you feel too lazy to use a remote to control your TV channels? Then put your mind to the work by imagining that you are watching a football match, and all of a sudden your television would change to a sports channel. Seems something only a magician can do? It has already started to become a reality and even you can soon start doing it.


BBC is the pioneer

BBC has pioneered using brainpower to surf TV channels. The TV network has embarked on the project by using a technology that would pick your brainwaves, read and interpret them and then use them to switch TV channels. The company has already developed what it calls a Mind Control TV prototype, and is letting users to test it on BBC iPlayer in the experience studio This Place.

Even though the technology is in the testing phase and experts are experimenting with it as to how it can be used in the future, yet it has already worked amazingly for everyone who has tested it. With this technology and your Charter TV packages, you will soon be in power to get yourself delighted.


The Mind Control TV prototype catches brainwaves by tracking the electricity moving in your brain with the help of two sensors: one placed on the forehead and another clipped to the ear. Those sensors work by detecting a hard concentration for change in your mind and when a specific threshold of concentration is reached, your TV channel would switch to something you just concentrated on.

“You can imagine a world where instead of having to get up from your sofa or reach for your remote, you just think ‘put BBC1 on’ when you want to watch TV,” said Cyrus Saihan, head of business development at BBC Digital in a blog. “Imagine sitting in your car and thinking ‘I want to listen to Radio 4’ and hearing the radio station come on during your commute to work.”

Advantage for people with disabilities

The technology could come as a blessing to people with disability. A new type of iPlayer could be developed that would assist media accessibility and rich content for the disabled users besides making it easy for them to change TV channels. This has already been confirmed by a research.


Research at the University of Washington

Meanwhile, the University of Washington has jumped into studying the use of brainwaves by one human being to put motion in another fellow, widening the prospect for controlling digital devices with brainpower. The researchers have already found that collaboration between the brain and computer interfaces allows people to shape “super-active population of brain cells.” The study also discovered that controlling computing devices with our minds is closer to reality and that our brains can easily become skilled at operating outside devices like computers with brain power.

Contribution of medical researchers

BBC’s progress on this front stems from the studies into Brain Control Interface headsets developed originally for patients, for example those suffering from strokes and diseases whereby the patients are unable to communicate with the external world. Controlling a television and other digital devices, which are becoming almost a reality, are by-products of those medical researches.

It is pertinent to mention here that Dr. Gerwin Schalk is a leading authority in Brain Control Interface. He has more than 12 years experience in studying the technology and has made immense contribution to the field.

Although the technology may seem unbelievable to some, but it is getting closer to reality and we would sooner be able not only to surf TV channels, but also control other digital devices with our brainpower.

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