10 Gadgets You Can Control With Your Brain

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It’s almost a cliche in science fiction at this point — a character puts on some freaky-looking headset that reads his mind and controls an object. The world is saved and then you wait for the sequel.But brain-controlled devices have actually been around for several years. The technology is still developing, but here are 10 examples of those fabled sci-fi moments taking place right here in the real world.

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There are unfortunately no plans to mass-produce the bike.”
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Price: $90
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BrainDriver is a project conceived by German professor Paul Rojas. It’s in its infancy at the moment, but as it advances, it could become a really exciting new way to travel.”
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Price: $300 for the headset, prices on appliances vary”
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content=”Wire your brain up to this game to steer a ball through a 3-D maze. The harder you concentrate, the harder the fan beneath the board pushes the air, controlling how high or low the ball is.

Price: $40
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