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Mind control for your PC!!!, supposed to be an amazing piece of kit, free delivery and discounts,

The Future of Immersive Gaming is here.

The NIA allows users to control PC Games without using the keyboard and with minimal use of a mouse and reduces reaction times by up to 60%

The commands are easily assigned with the NIA's user friendly software and are calibrated based on the individuals physiology and personal preferences. Each of the Actuators signals can be assigned to a specific keystroke on the keyboard or a mouse button; consequentially, gamers can run, jump, and fire faster all without "lifting a finger".

Because the NIA converts EEG (electroencephalograph) signals into specified keystrokes, the device can be used with any software.

Upon proper configuration, the NIA will allow users to control PC gamed without the use of a keyboard and minimal use of a mouse.

How does the NIA work?

The NIA (Neural Impulse Actuator) works by reading neuronal discharges in the brain, that is alpha, beta and gamma brain waves, electro-oculogram components (the positional differential between the front of the retina and the retinal pigmented epithelium which changes relative to the eye orientation) and electromyograms (the neuro-muscular signals along with the electrical discharges resulting from the depolarization of the muscle cells).

Those are the three major components that are contributing to the signals that are captured. The raw signals of three separate inputs are then amplified and streamed into the PC using a high speed USB 2.0 protocol. Of course, the signals that are picked up by the sensors are what is called "mass potentials" or "mass discharges" of all factors that are contributing at various amplitudes and levels. This makes it necessary to digest the signals into the individual components, which is done using some quite sophisticated mathematical operations including Fast Fourier Transformation.

On the software level, we moved away from a single-threaded program to a fully multi-threaded version that can operate either in text mode (when on the desktop) or else ports directly into the DirectX platform using the DotNET framework. The beauty of this is that because of the thread level parallelism, the signals that are converted into key strokes are seamlessly integrated into the game play, moreover, since the threads are given low priority compared to the actual game play, they will not compete with the actual game for CPU resources. That means that critical computations necessary for the game play will always be executed first, since it really does not matter whether there are a few microseconds delay in the computation of the key strokes that are executed for user input.

The biggest advantage of using the NIA over a mouse is that the actual reaction times are about 30% to 60% shorter than what one can realistically achieve with a mouse. The reason is that any mouse click requires processing of the retinal signal by the visual cortex, then relaying the result to the motor centers at the substantia nigra in the brain and finally through the spinal cord out to the peripheral nerves that innervate the finger muscles. This process takes on average some 200 milliseconds, whereas for example an eye-lid reflex is in the order of 50 to 100 milliseconds and the advantage becomes very tangible in game play since many of the actions are triggered by natural reflexes. This type of reflex-based gaming is what most of the pros are using, however, it takes them several years of practice to get to this point whereas with the NIA, reflexes are taking over within the short time it takes to become accustomed with the setup.
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#2
It is the 1st of August not 1st APRIL ;-)
#3
Heat added mike. :thumbsup:
#4
Has any one used one of these? I have the feeling they are rubbish :D
#5
eldaras
Has any one used one of these? I have the feeling they are rubbish :D


Supposed to take some getting used to but is def not rubbish,

http://www.techenclave.com/pc-peripherals/review-ocz-nia-neural-impulse-actuator-124042.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClCEj0wMmZc

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/820/1/
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dontdothatagain
Heat added mike. :thumbsup:


Cheers ddta:thumbsup:
#7
Evil..! bad..! noo..! I just spent £100 on the G25.. u shouldnt of posted this up..! :thinking: :thinking: :thinking:............. It is my bday coming up soon though... :whistling:
#8
have some heat :)
#9
kaits
have some heat :)


Cheers Kaits:)
#10
Inquisitor
Evil..! bad..! noo..! I just spent £100 on the G25.. u shouldnt of posted this up..! :thinking: :thinking: :thinking:............. It is my bday coming up soon though... :whistling:


Buy one, you know you want to:evil:
#11
I am SO intrigued by this.
Been reading the reviews etc. seems....intriguing!!!
Think I'll hold off buying till
a) there are LOADS of + reviews
b) there are a few more + reviews. :p

Thx for the post. Not much gets under my computer radar, and this sure as hell did.
#12
clondikemike
Buy one, you know you want to:evil:


Lol i do.. but am looking for a car atm, should divert spending money on that instead :thumbsup: plus i need an upgrade of pc before i can take on some games with the NIA, unless its PS3 compatible..!!! haha can u imagine, GT5 with teh NIA.. just like when u was a kid holding a pretend steering wheel..! :-D

Rep'd for the temptation..!
#13
HA!!! I shall buy one of these and convert it to a true mind control device!

THE WORLD IS MINE !

MAWWHAAAAAHAAA

:evil: :evil:

Bow to your future ruler minions!


:evil: :evil:
#14
Inquisitor
Lol i do.. but am looking for a car atm, should divert spending money on that instead :thumbsup: plus i need an upgrade of pc before i can take on some games with the NIA, unless its PS3 compatible..!!! haha can u imagine, GT5 with teh NIA.. just like when u was a kid holding a pretend steering wheel..! :-D

Rep'd for the temptation..!


You could have it both ways and 'mod' your new car so it is controlled using one of these.. now that would be both good value and fulfill both cravings! :thumbsup::whistling:
..Now thats an episode of 'pimp my ride' waiting to happen right there! :santa:
#15
That's actually gone up in price! 80 to 85 :S.. And that was months ago
#16
I got one from ccl a while back for 69 quid or there abouts. Be warned: The packaging is pretty bad. The headband is wedged deep in a stiff foam so you have to be careful taking it out else you could damage the sensor nodes. I received the first two which were dead on arrival but the third one was ok. Mine was not a rare case.

Regarding usage.. It's quite a fussy device when it comes to electromagnetic interference. I had to keep my hand on the NIA box to callibrate and use the device else it would pick up alot of junk and be unusable. Others have resorted to placing the box under their shirt while playing.
The headband feels cheap and where the wire enters it it seems to be splitting apart.

In game, the brainfingers were useless for me so I never used that feature. Muscle switch worked quite well and it picked up my jaw clenching (really slight clenching) very well. The eye direction switch function was hit and miss but with a lot of practice I'm sure that would work ok too.

If it wasn't for the grounding issue I'd probably use the NIA more than I have done (it's been in a cupboard for months). It's an ok device but it does feel unfinished and could be improved with a few simple changes.
#18
...Also noticed that you get a discount (from play.com) if you have an RAC membership. Is this because this fine motoring organisation realises that mind controlled cars are the way foward!?! (if quality middleware to the ECU is forthcoming of course! ;-) )
I think steve jobs missed a trick here!! lol :whistling:

Clarkson your card is called!! :gift:
#19
Very interesting.... I didn't even know these things existed. I have trouble with my hand-eye co-ordination at the best of times so controlling my games with my mind probably isn't for me. Plus I have the attention spam of a.....OOOOOH LOOK, A RED CAR!! ;-)

Joking aside, I like the look of this. I recommend watching the YouTube video Mike has posted too, it's very interesting.

Have some Heat & Rep - this seems like a good deal.
#20
Mind control!? So how exactly does this attach to my p3nis?............;)
#21
huggychair
You could have it both ways and 'mod' your new car so it is controlled using one of these.. now that would be both good value and fulfill both cravings! :thumbsup::whistling:
..Now thats an episode of 'pimp my ride' waiting to happen right there! :santa:


lol i then worry about the idiot drivers and/or pedestians around me :roll: :whistling:.
#22
is this Borg?
#23
gone up to £99.99 now! :x
#24
Sounds like marketing ******** to me.. I'd think it where decent if you could control the mouse with your mind but otherwise I would never pay over a fiver for this.
#25
anthony712
It is the 1st of August not 1st APRIL ;-)


Exactly what I was thinking! Surely this cannot be real?
#26
It surely is real. One member of my clan has one. It's....very, very weird, but also insanely cool at the same time. Takes one hell of a lot of getting used to mind :)
#27
Forget waiting for millions of reviews if you wanna get one and you think you can learn quickly and have the time to adapt to this I say go now. May as well get well ahead of the rest while you can.

This would be wicked if I could configure this to play css well. But bloodyhell got a long long journey to embrace
#28
anthony712
It is the 1st of August not 1st APRIL ;-)


Sigh, I don't understand why people are so skeptical over these devices. People didn't believe me when I pre-ordered one!

eldaras
Has any one used one of these? I have the feeling they are rubbish :D


I bought one when they first came to market after following the hype.

It works, and it works well; it takes some getting used to and it reads muscle electrical signals. The most basic is clamping your jaw to do an analogue 'throttle' type of action. Twitching of the eyes and facial expressions can also be used to control computer action.

There's third party software to take further advantage of the device, such as recognising facial expressions properly.

I don't know if they finally fixed it but there is a slight design flaw. From the headband to the base unit it is very electromagnetic frequency sensitive.

This means if you're touching or near power cables (such as for your PC) you may need to touch the box to earth yourself, or earth yourself to the box. Or (as I found) wrap the cable in foil or sheath and earth this to the base unit or radiator, etc.

You can lower the sensitivity of the device so that this isn't such a problem but you lose some fidelity.

So, yes, it works. It takes some getting used to and the pads have to adjust/bind to your skin chemistry too a little.

Lots of support on the OCZ forums.

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