Geek Salt and Pepper Shakers

Earn your geek cred at your next dinner party with these scientific salt and pepper shakers. The salt pepper (known as Sodium Chloride) includes the formula of NaCl while the pepper would have to be represented by over 100 volatile compounds so the inventors of the shakers decided to go with Pe + (Pe)r. If… Continue reading Geek Salt and Pepper Shakers

Telekentic Obstacle Course – use your brain only to navigate the maze

Here’s another game that makes you use your brain (or is it brainwaves?) this time to navigate a maze. You wear a headset that has a headband and 2 earlobe clips. Yes it doesn’t look pretty, but it measures your theta wave activity and in turn sends wireless signals to the game. The object is… Continue reading Telekentic Obstacle Course – use your brain only to navigate the maze

The future of the mind – uploaded to computers?

H+ Magazine recently interviewed AI researcher, Bruce Katz, who believes that we as a species will ultimately want to be free of the limitations of the human brain, which by extension means uploading our memory and consciousness to a different device, a computer of some sort. Katz describes the brain as having a kludgy design… Continue reading The future of the mind – uploaded to computers?

Star Wars Brain Training Game

Taking a page out of Star Wars mythology, this game/toy/trainer (take your pick) claims to help you develop your powers of concentration. The Star Wars Brain Training Game reads your brainwaves while you try to move the ball in the tube up or down. Apparently, the headset can differentiate between alpha, beta, gamma, and delta… Continue reading Star Wars Brain Training Game

Emotiv EPOC brain-computer neuroheadset – control your computer/games with your mind

Neuroscience tech company Emotiv has been hyping their latest consumer product, the EPOC, over the past few months. The Emotiv EPOC is a brain-computer interface that looks like something straight out of a Sci-Fi movie. The EPOC headset reads EEGs (Electroencephalography) to allow the wearer to (attempt) to control things; in particular games.

‘Brain Gyms’ help you work out your mind

‘Brain gyms’ which help members to ‘work out’ their brains are springing up all over the country. They’re essentially computer labs stocked with software that run users through mental-fitness tests and exercises. One such example is a gym in San Francisco which charges $60/month. It’s interesting that people would find it more beneficial to go… Continue reading ‘Brain Gyms’ help you work out your mind

Any multitasking while driving is dangerous

More research into this contentious area has shown that our brains simply aren’t built for multitasking, yet alone performing other tasks while driving. Research done by neuroscientist Marcel Just of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and his colleagues shows that using part of your brain for language processing reduces activity in the spatial regions used… Continue reading Any multitasking while driving is dangerous