By >Tom LESKIN
Haier taking cloud computing to new levels with brain-controlled TV
The days of losing the TV remote seem to be drawing to a close and a new form of control is coming in the not too distant future . This week at IFA, Haier unveiled the world’s first Brain-Computer Interface Technology (BCI) Smart TV, which utilizes NeuroSky ThinkGear technology. In simpler terms, the Haier Cloud Smart TV lets you interact with the TV using your brain.
The Smart TV can interact with viewers via NeuroSky’s MindReader headset, which detects human brainwave patterns revealing a person’s mental state and then translates the monitored brainwaves into digital signals that the television can recognize. Users can also develop control over their TV with included entertainment applications.
Giving us a one-up over the machines, this is definitely taking cloud computing to a new level.
Haier’s Smart TV is scheduled to be released in October in China at an undetermined price. There was no mention of a US launch.
SAN JOSE, Calif. & BERLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The world’s first Brain-Computer Interface Technology (BCI) Smart TV will debut at the IFA Messe Berlin Conference. Manufactured by Haier, leading China consumer technology company, and Powered by NeuroSky ThinkGear technology, the Haier Cloud Smart TV offers the ability for users to interact with their Smart TV using their brains.
Demonstrations will be available at the IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited Conference, Haier booth: Hall 3.2/stand 134. The TV is scheduled to be released in October of this year in China at a price yet to be determined.
Unlike a traditional TV, Haier’s Smart TV can interact with viewers via NeuroSky’s MindReader headset. NeuroSky’s brainwave technology can detect human brainwave patterns revealing a person’s mental state. The NeuroSky MindReader then translates the monitored brainwaves into digital signals that the television can recognize. The brain-controlled TV applications allow users to develop control over their concentration and relaxation abilities through entertainment applications. Haier’s Home Cloud Solution provides an exciting “Cloud Family” experience to consumers, a step into cloud service and a milestone in lifestyle change.
NeuroSky, Inc. is a bio sensor company and leader in Brain-Computer Interface technologies for consumer product application. Founded in 2004, NeuroSky’s headquarters is in the Silicon Valley, with international offices worldwide. NeuroSky works with industry partners (from startups to Fortune 500 companies) and with academic and research institutions. NeuroSky provides a platform solution by building wearable, embedded system level sensors that interpret brainwaves and other bio-signals for Human-to-Machine Interface (HMI) technology.
The Haier Group is the world’s No. 1 Major Appliances brand with 6.1% retail volume share in 2010 (Source: Euromonitor International Limited; retail volume sales in units based on 2010 data). With its commitment to quality and innovation, Haier brings the inspired living experience to consumers in over 160 countries worldwide. With group global headquarters based in the Chinese city of Qingdao, Haier has regional headquarters in both Paris and New York, serving its clients in Europe and America. Haier has 61 trading companies, 29 manufacturing plants, 8 design centers and 16 industrial parks with more than 60,000 employees worldwide. Haier specializes in technology-led research, manufacturing and trading a large range of durable products – within Europe these include: televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, consumer electronics and energy saving home solutions. Haier’s global revenue in 2010 was 20.7 billion USD. Haier Electronics Group Co., Ltd. (HKG: 1169), a subsidiary of the Haier Group, is listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Qingdao Haier Co. (SHA: 600690), also a Haier subsidiary, is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. For more information: www.haier.com