Eddy Kuo is one of our Autodesk Labs developers. Eddy has worked a great deal on multi-touch. Eddy worked with Hans Kellner to integrate the multi-touch capabilities into our demo version of Autodesk Design Review. Many of you have gotten your hands on this version at the past two Autodesk Universities. If I had to put my finger on it, I'd say that based on his research and development, Eddy is interested in human-computer interaction in general - not just multi-touch. So it was no surprise to me last week when Eddy shared some of his thoughts on brain-based interaction with computers.
Stepping into Future of Human Computer Interface NOW with Brain Computing
- Imagine using brain computing technology to control a design application.
- You could convert visual feedback quickly and make adjustments, e.g., The wall is too thick, make it thinner.
- The application would materialize abstract concepts from the brain.
- This would perhaps even bring out the unconscious? Secretly I do want the walls to be lime green.
- It would provide immersion beyond the visual feedback. Sight and sound are easy. What about touch and smell?
- A brain-based approach would provide the most intuitive interface yet (when it is working). Oops I just sneezed. The application interpreted that as an AutoCAD wipe-out. Sigh. I guess I'll just have to "undo" by thinking "undo."
To see that this is not total science fiction, there are two companies selling brain–computing hardware, for more info please visit:
And games that are currently using this technology:
Thanks Eddy. Technologies like this would really put the "aid" in computer aided design. Thinking about our friend, the brain, is alive in the lab.