Samsung is building a TV you can control with your brain

CNET | 11/8/2018 | Shara Tibken
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Samsung is developing a TV that can be controlled with brainwaves.

Samsung has created a smart TV you can control with your brainwaves.

Research - Project - Pontis - Samsung - Televisions

The research, called Project Pontis, aims to make Samsung's televisions more accessible for people with physical disabilities like quadriplegia. The company wants to enable "users with physical limitations to change channels and adjust sound volume with their brains."

Samsung's Swiss operations started the project three months ago in partnership with the Center of Neuroprosthetics of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The company demoed the TV on Thursday at its developer conference in San Francisco.

Accessibility - People - Limitations - Movements - Ricardo

"How can we provide accessibility to people who cannot move or who have extreme limitations on their movements," Ricardo Chavarriaga, a senior scientist at EPFL who's working on the project with Samsung, said during a panel at Samsung Developer Conference.

"We're making tech that is more complex, that is more intelligent but we should not forget this tech is being made to interface with humans," he added.

Step - TV - Sample - Brain - Behaves

The first step in making a brainwave-controlled TV is to collect a sample of how the brain behaves when the user wants to do something like select a movie. Samsung and EPFL combine indicators from both the environment and brain scans to build a model and apply machine learning to let the user select shows using eye movements and brainwaves.

To collect the brainwaves, a user wears a sensor-laded headset that's connected to the TV and a computer.

Samsung - EPFL - System - Relies - Brain

Samsung and EPFL are also working on a system that goes further and relies on brain signals alone for users who aren't able to control their eyes or other muscles reliably, Chavarriaga said.

"One thing we have to take in account is everybody is different," he said.

Ricardo - Chavarriaga - Researcher - Center - Neuroprosthetics

Ricardo Chavarriaga (left), a senior researcher at the Center of Neuroprosthetics of...
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