Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Thought-Activated TV...Couch Potatoes Rejoice!

Break a sweat pressing the buttons on the remote? Well, no more I say, because here comes Hitachi to save the day! The UK's Daily Mail reported that the Japanese company Hitachi is working on thought-activated TV. Yup, no more remote controls. Any day now you'll be able to change the channel and turn on the TV with a mere thought. "Staff at the Japanese technology giant Hitachi have already succeeded in harnessing the power of thought to make a model train move and believe it is only a matter of time before the same technology can be applied to the TV remote. The technique, known as optical topography, reads thoughts by measuring changes in blood flow to key areas of the brain."

Couch potatoes should control their glee though, because these lovely caps supposedly have "several problems to overcome before the gadgetry is suitable for widespread use." Hmmm...wonder what those problems could be, and if they involve test subjects having to be forklifted out of their homes after prolonged use?