In the magazine Inc., an article by David H. Freedman describes a new neural device that can “read” thought so that users can control video games, computer technologies and “what’s around the house” with their mind. This neural device sits on your head, like a headset, and deciphers brain signals that allow users to open doors or play happy music when feeling blue. Such a device is set to revolutionize interface design on many levels.
The article, entitled “Reality Bites”, describes a technology that would allow occupants to communicate with architecture in a whole new way. Our environments would interact with us anew, seeming to know when to calm us, excite us or simply comfort us. Interactive architecture would do more than just react to our behavior it would react to our brain activity – our thoughts. Described in the article is a device that would tailor movies and advertisements to our liking, in real-time. Imagine if architecture could “understand” and “persuade” occupants in this way as well.
As more neural devices come on the scene, architecture will ultimately be able to communicate through them — opening doors, adjusting light conditions and setting temperature. Architecture will speak to us in new ways and neural devices will be at the center of this revolution. What do you think of neural devices and their impending impact on architecture? Are you in favor of architecture having this heightened degree of sensitivity?
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