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This article was published on October 6, 2011


    Now THIS is the future: Mind-powered Scalextric slot car racing

    Now THIS is the future: Mind-powered Scalextric slot car racing
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    Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

    The experimental work of companies like B-Reel turns up all sort of interesting projects. This one particularly caught our eye – Scalextric slot car racing powered by your mind.

    Using a Mindwave headset for measuring brain activity, an Arduino unit and a Processing script, a team of developers managed to hack together what you see in the video below. To move the car, you concentrate, and the car stops when you lose concentration.

    As B-Reel’s UK Creative Director, Riccardo Giraldi, explains in the video below, it’s difficult to get the technique just right but it’s an impressive hack nevertheless. You can read more background on the B-Reel site.