Posted by Erika Owen
Apps are cool—we all love getting music suggestions and flinging birds from catapults with the swipe of a finger. The information we give out to obtain these apps is effortless. Email? No problem. Birthday? Demographics. But, what about when those apps start getting too close to your thoughts?
The X-Wave Interface Device ($100) for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch gets in your head—literally. This device lets you control your handheld technology by wearing a headset and simply passing a thought through your pretty little noggin. Here’s how it’s done:
Currently, only two apps can be used with this technology: X-Wave Visualizer and X-Wave Tunes. The Visualizer app allows users to see graphic representations of their brainwaves and participate in focus and meditation training. The Tunes app allows the user’s brainwaves to sync with their music preferences. You even have the option of syncing and comparing brainwaves/music preferences with friends and family! Is this a techie’s wet dream, or just crossing the line? Will we be able to stop exposure to the information we’d rather keep to ourselves? Not to mention the convenience factor. When will we get to the point that we can control everything with a headset? No more grocery shopping—or human interaction, for that matter—there’ll be an app that can do that for you.
It’s also important to take into consideration the everyday technology that the X-Wave could potentially be digging an early grave for. The touch screen is a sought after addition for phones, music players, and kiosks, among many other technologies. No more finger-swiping those birds into the boulders. Visualize the scene in your head and think a plan of action. Done. You’ve just beaten a level of Angry Birds without lifting a finger.
Is the X-Wave headset taking user control to a completely new and unnecessary level or is it a good thing for technology to be reaching points like this? What types of new apps would this technology open up that we’ve never experienced before?