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Jedi Mouse Doesn't Require the Force, only Mind

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Why move a mouse when you can use your mind?

While it will interesting to see what George Lucas has to say about Jedi Mind Inc.'s use of the word "Jedi," the company is currently working on a PC "peripheral" that integrates its thought-controlled software with a special brain-reading headset designed by Emotiv. According to a recent press release, Jedi Mind is ahead of schedule and plans to release the PC peripheral--called the Jedi Mouse--in Q1 2010.

"The Jedi Mouse allows the user to navigate the computer, open programs and send email with the power of their mind," the company explained. "The application launches a virtual keyboard once an email program is launched and provides the user the ability to compose a written correspondence and press send with the power of their mind."

The technology behind the Jedi Mouse is about as elusive as a Dark Jedi--although most likely just based on sensing brain electrical impulses. While it's unclear how the "mouse" aspect comes into play in other applications, it's assumed that the peripheral doesn't actually use a physical mouse, but creates a virtual mouse controlled by the user. The company recently launched a tech demo of the software called Think-Tac-Toe that requires the user to move a virtual target to a specific area.

Jedi Mind did not offer pricing for its upcoming thought-controlled mouse. However, Emotiv sells the actual headset (EPOC) for a surprising low cost of $299.00. There are various applications that take advantage of the technology including games and virtual worlds, a photo viewer, and more.

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    Hellbound , February 22, 2010 10:14 PM
    Wont be long till you can think "you want to take your clothes off" and it gets typed by accident...
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    Pailin , February 22, 2010 10:02 PM
    ahh, gadgets to help one in the training of the Force.

    much practice it takes, but so too the rewards reflected are

    Good this will be :) 
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    maximv , February 22, 2010 9:57 PM
    The only thing its capable of is displaying porn sites every 10 seconds
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    kyeana , February 22, 2010 9:46 PM
    Interested to see if this work well at all. I have my doubts.
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    abbadon_34 , February 22, 2010 9:53 PM
    Nice first step, essentially a 4 button keyboard at this point with the goal add more keys, then incremental movement like a joystick, precision of a mouse, and then off in the future the real scifi we can compare to a current peripheral
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    maximv , February 22, 2010 9:57 PM
    The only thing its capable of is displaying porn sites every 10 seconds
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    Pailin , February 22, 2010 10:02 PM
    ahh, gadgets to help one in the training of the Force.

    much practice it takes, but so too the rewards reflected are

    Good this will be :) 
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    Anonymous , February 22, 2010 10:08 PM
    but will it help me code the next crysis?
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , February 22, 2010 10:14 PM
    hmm... FPS
    No need for a mouse just look at the target and think clicky clicky... interesting.
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    Hellbound , February 22, 2010 10:14 PM
    Wont be long till you can think "you want to take your clothes off" and it gets typed by accident...
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    aweadam , February 22, 2010 10:29 PM
    Release a video demo!
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    skit75 , February 22, 2010 10:36 PM
    Yoda: "you must unlearn what you know about the mouse and keyboard."

    Skywalker: "But, what is in there?"

    Yoda: "Only what you take with you"

    Skywalker: I'm taking my Emotive EPOC Jedi Mouse to pwnz0r teh n00bz!
    Skywalker: "I'm taking my Emotiv
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    adipose , February 22, 2010 11:09 PM
    edileeLOL..I'm calling BS on this one. Remember the very first "you talk it types" programs? They absolutely sucked and if you had any type of accent they sucked worse. If they can make a mouse that reads brainwaves don't you think that tech would have been used in much more useful areas.People will just get fatter and lazier if this actually works.


    Well for those of us with RSI, this could be nice. Doubt it works, though...
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    welshmousepk , February 22, 2010 11:22 PM
    im sure the tech is meant for people unable to use a conventional keyboard/mouse setup. ie disabled people, not lazy people.

    but they still want as many sales as possible. so calling it a jedi mouse is a good marketing scheme.
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    victomofreality , February 22, 2010 11:40 PM
    This tech should be fairly mature. OCZ has had one for at least a year and a half that I know of.

    http://canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=018656&cid=GAM.342.430

    From the reviews I've read it's gimmicky and fun but not really a staple. If this works well we're getting to the point of total immersive gaming experience with the mind controlled characters, 3d glasses and eyefinity! What a great time to be a gamer.
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    x3nophobe , February 22, 2010 11:44 PM
    Hmm, But can it play....
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    the_krasno , February 22, 2010 11:47 PM
    After this becomes massively used, the average PC user will increase in weight about 5 pounds.

    Really, this means the lazy just got lazier.
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    brother shrike , February 22, 2010 11:54 PM
    They've had stuff like this for a while.
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    loomis86 , February 23, 2010 12:21 AM
    combine that with a virtual reality style stereoscopic visor and you really got something.
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    cheepstuff , February 23, 2010 12:28 AM
    wouldn't you have to shave your head to use this? all other brain scanners require direct contact with the skin...
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    pythy , February 23, 2010 12:36 AM
    I wonder how well this device will work if it's applied to medicine such as for people with paralysis or stroke sufferers. I think this will serve more purpose than used for those who just can't be bothered using their hands to guide a mouse.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 23, 2010 12:46 AM
    It sounds like something right out of a sci-fi film.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2010 12:53 AM
    This is just a mind trick to lighten your wallet!
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