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A Baseball Hat That Reads Your Mind 63

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the better-faster-stronger dept.
esocid writes to tell us that researchers from Taiwan have created a new baseball cap complete with embedded bio-signal monitoring system. The purpose was to give a neural interface that could be useful in everyday life. "The cap contains five embedded dry electrodes on the wearer's forehead, and one electrode behind the left ear, that acquire EEG signals. Then, the EEG signals are wirelessly transmitted to a data receiver, where they are processed in real-time by a dual-core processor. The BCI system includes Bluetooth transmission for distances of 10m or less (e.g., for driving applications), as well as RF transmission for distances up to 600m (e.g., for potential sports applications). Next, the processed signals are transmitted back to the cap, where the data can be stored, displayed in real-time on a screen, or be used to trigger an audio warning, if necessary."
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A Baseball Hat That Reads Your Mind

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  • by mrbluze (1034940) on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:39PM (#23442386) Journal
    Why not a propeller-hat? At least that way we have something worth reading.
  • by chanrobi (944359) on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:39PM (#23442388)
    sex sex sex sex sex (lameness filter)
  • by hampton (209113) on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:39PM (#23442390)
    Well, other than the GIANT ANTENNA sticking out of it and the scotch tape behind the ear.
  • First post from a person who has actually lived in Taiwan, though I can't remember wearing any hats that read my mind. Wait, come to think of it, there _was_ one time....
  • by QuantumG (50515) * <qg@biodome.org> on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:44PM (#23442408) Homepage Journal
    I used to wear a baseball hat.. for a while I even wore it sideways, or backwards. It was only after I stopped wearing it all together that I noticed how much people were treating me like an idiot. A few years later I discovered I was shorted sighted and got glasses and discovered another way to get people to instantly treat you differently. I hear that if you hold documents at arms length to read them people think you are older and treat you with more respect, haven't tried that one myself.

    So yeah, although you might have some magic baseball hat that makes you smarter, it's not going to matter much, people are still going to treat you like an invalid.

     
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I'm sorry, but someone who can't figure out how to wear a baseball hat IS an idiot.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by QuantumG (50515) *
        And it's because of fools like you that used cars salesmen will continue to wear business suits.

        • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

          by baboo_jackal (1021741)
          Damn. Who knew used car salesmen had mod points?
        • by owlnation (858981) on Saturday May 17, 2008 @05:41AM (#23444350)
          We need to change perceptions. A baseball cap is, in fact, a symbol of relative freedom. A business suit -- well, specifically the tie -- is a symbol of modern slavery.

          The irony is that society perceives the tie to be a symbol of someone successful -- where in reality it's most usually a symbol of someone trapped by their own lack of creativity and intellect.

          A tie = a slave collar. The tie is otherwise the singular, most useless, garment on Earth.
          • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

            by bizbuzz (820648)
            The tie wasn't always useless. It's only a degenerated bib.
          • The tie is otherwise the singular, most useless, garment on Earth.
            I think that a pre-tied noose has hundreds of potential applications. Pretty much one result, but the journey is half the fun, right?
          • A tie = a slave collar. The tie is otherwise the singular, most useless, garment on Earth.

            I'm sorry, but nothing that draws attention to my penis is useless.
    • by Dutch Gun (899105) on Friday May 16, 2008 @10:14PM (#23442640)

      Bring on the baseball hat wearing disses
      A sideways baseball cap says to the world: "I will never be anyone's boss!"
      A backwards baseball cap adds: "Me too! ...except for that idiot wearing his cap sideways!"

      Was that ok?
      • A sideways baseball cap says to the world: "I will never be anyone's boss!"
        A backwards baseball cap adds: "Me too! ...except for that idiot wearing his cap sideways!"
        Posts like that are the reason why moderation should go to 11.

  • I'm all for tech gear, but this seems a bit outlandish for sports? Radio has racing covered, and football for that matter. I'm trying to figure out what everyday life use this might have? Borging ourselves might some day prove useful, but so far neither science fiction nor real life has shown this to be of much use beyond scientific curiosity and bragging rights.

    It might well have military applications. When a fighter pilot pulls 7 Gs in a bank, this might help the autopilot recover any errors etc.

    It would
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      Video Games.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Bottlemaster (449635)

      Borging ourselves might some day prove useful, but so far neither science fiction nor real life has shown this to be of much use beyond scientific curiosity and bragging rights.

      What science fiction have you been reading? Even a simple (but still out-of-reach technically) brain-computer interface has obvious uses - if a keyboard is useful, a BCI is useful. I hope technology progresses in my lifetime to the point that I can have a terminal emulator surgically implanted in my head.

      Furthermore, what reality d

      • by Nethead (1563)
        What science fiction have you been reading?

        He hasn't been reading, just watching. All the really good scifi is still "locked" in books so as not to stress his mind.

    • by Culture20 (968837)
      I don't know what North America you live in, but I see people wearing ballcaps quite often. Also, just wait until this tech is perfected into a thin circlet or a set of tiny dermal pads one can wear under your hair (or have implanted just under the skin).
  • by mrbluze (1034940) on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:45PM (#23442416) Journal

    The EEG obtains information arising largely from the cortex and the summation of millions of neuronal currents. It is inaccurate and not reliable enough for critical applications (any situation where 'backfiring' is a bad thing).

    As far as I am aware, the state of art of computer interpretation of EEG is only up to monitoring awareness and sleep and possibly detecting seizures, so this would be good for patients in hospitals & home in diagnosing epilepsy.

    Might be useful for train drivers or pilots, though, in detecting a sleeper-at-the-wheel.

    • by QuantumG (50515) *
      Dude, it's a *baseball* hat.. detecting when someone is falling asleep is a useful application.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by mrbluze (1034940)

        Dude, it's a *baseball* hat.. detecting when someone is falling asleep is a useful application.
        I'd be happier to detect when someone is awake ;)
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Culture20 (968837)

      so this would be good for patients in hospitals & home in diagnosing epilepsy.
      Agreed; I had to wear a home EEG fifteen years ago, complete with wires and paste all over my head, and a cassette recorder on my hip. This sounds much cleaner, and more socially acceptable.

    • by tgv (254536)
      There are some applications, mainly for disabled people, where people can control a cursor with a BCI (after training). It's slow and not very accurate.
  • Not likely (Score:3, Funny)

    by Todd Fisher (680265) on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:46PM (#23442428) Homepage
    "The cap contains five embedded dry electrodes on the wearer's forehead"

    My head sweat will kill those electrodes in two lawn mowings. And that'll be just from the smell.

  • by Lichetano (1143789) on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:52PM (#23442472)
    Other than the audio warning, this hat idea has a long way to go before it becomes useful. I guess you could make it zap you a little when you're looking at a girl way out of your league. Wait, this just turned into a geek-survival tool. This could work.
  • Luckily... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Looshi (1038712) on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:52PM (#23442474)

    ...it won't be able to penetrate my tinfoil hat.

  • by thethibs (882667) on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:54PM (#23442480) Homepage

    At long last we can get a direct reading of how many IQ points you lose when you put on a baseball hat—and how many more you lose when you wear it backward or sideways.

  • by therufus (677843) on Friday May 16, 2008 @09:55PM (#23442488)
    ...wants to wirelessly hack the hat and fire electricity into their brain via the headwear.

    Think of it. You just spent a few hundred bucks on a hat and some smartass with a laptop keeps electronically jabbing you in the skull while you run through the park.

    I, for one, would laugh until my beverage escaped through my nose!
  • The Simpsons already did it.

    Bart found that MLB was reading people's minds with satellites. A little too convenient that these are BASEBALL hats...
  • tinfoil hat. Oh, wait...
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      with my tinfoil hat turned against me what shall I do?
  • You know what'd be really funny is if it detects when you're concerned about hat hair and automatically jumps off your head. That'd be awesome. I wanna see that!
  • Shortly ofter the announcement that a mind reading cap might be possible, the bush administration announces it's intent to mandate that everyone now wear baseball caps. When ask why, they remarked that it was for your benefit, to make you feel happier, like you were at a baseball game, for your benefit. The administration stated that it will boost productivity just like the change daylight savings, for your benefit.
  • so men would be walking around with pron showing on the front of there hat??? ...
    the key is to look out for the women with the pron on there hat
  • "Are you thinking 'boo', or 'booerns'?"
  • So that's why they hand out baseball caps at baseball games, so the NSA can monitor for terrorist activity. It all makes sense now. I will never go to a baseball game again.
  • !parC hO (Score:4, Funny)

    by PPH (736903) on Saturday May 17, 2008 @12:48AM (#23443378)
    I've got my cap on backwards!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 17, 2008 @01:40AM (#23443592)
    You'll go to...

    Gryffindor...

      yay!
  • The link seems to got slashdotted, has anyone here a copy of the text of that page?
  • by fahrbot-bot (874524) on Saturday May 17, 2008 @03:27AM (#23443966)
    Person Wearing Hat:
    • Guy:Oh ya, wearing this backward makes me look *cool*.
    • Gal:Does this hat make me look fat?

    By-the-way, the answers are: No (you look like a moron) and (sigh, not again) no.

  • Baseball... (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Misread : " A baseball bat that reads your mind. "

    Now that must hurt.

  • In America, your mind reads a baseball hat. In Republic of China, the baseball hat reads *your* mind!
  • That would be as accurate as reading RF interference of my PC to figure out what it is doing.

    The only effective thing that thing could do is to guess what you are feeling by sensing awareness, body language/movement, reaction, emotions, etc. For example, it should detect I'm frustrated whenever I stare at my feet and reply to a girl "Friends? Friends?!? We've only gone three times, and you're already telling me you just want to be friends?!". (wearing a baseball cap wouldn't make any difference.)
  • Obligatory (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    But does it run linux?
  • All I thought of when I saw this was The Simpsons's episode, where bart begins taking Focusyn , hi-jacks a tank, and shoots down the mind-reading satellite.


    Comic Book Guy: Egad! A maniac cutting a swath of destruction! This is a job for the Green Lantern, Thundra, or possibly... Ghost Rider
    Otto: What about Superman?
    Comic Book Guy: Oh, please.

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