Feb 27, 2009

Mind Games

A new game, called Mind Flex from toy maker Mattel, allows players to move a ball around an obstacle course by using just their powers of concentration. Mind Flex relies on EEG technology to measure brain wave activity through a headset equipped with sensors for the forehead and earlobes.

Focusing on the ball causes a fan in the base of the game to start up and lift the ball on a gentle stream of air. Once a player has the ball in the air they need to try to weave it through hoops, towers and other obstacles.

"It's a mind-eye coordination game," said Mattel's Tim Sheridan. "As you relax you'll find that the ball drops."

The game will be available in September for eighty dollars, and was displayed by Mattel at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.