Is Thought the Future of Mobile Input?


The Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is a mainstay of science fiction, but devices are appearing today to use our brainwaves as a computer input. Is it practical? How far away is it? What sort of input is possible and where is it being used?

We will look at the roots of the technologies that allow a view of the inner functions of the human mind, as well as the possibilities for direct input to, and augmentation of the mind, perception and thought processes. The process includes real-world examples and a demonstration with volunteers controlling software and hardware with only their thoughts and feelings. Gain an understanding of how this still evolving and largely unknown technology really works, how it can be used, and its longer-term implications.

Jim McKeeth

As lead developer evangelist at Embarcadero Technologies, Jim is a key part of Embarcadero’s evangelism team and developer community outreach. With more than 20 years of programming experience, Jim travels the world speaking at conferences and sharing his excitement and knowledge. When not traveling he is an improvisational performer with ComedySportz Boise and enjoys spending time with his family.

Jim holds the patent for the swipe to unlock and pattern unlocks used on both iPhone and Android phones, plus a number of other computer and software related patents.