NextMind Opens Pre-Order Waitlist for Non-Invasive Brain-Computer Interface Dev Kit

Priced at $399, the NextMind Dev Kit is claimed to offer brain-computer interaction, underpinned by AI, in a compact sensor.

The NextMind device offers a non-invasive, discreet and comfortable design. (πŸ“·: NextMind)

NextMind has opened a pre-order list for its eponymous brain-computer interface (BCI) development kit, after unveiling the device back at the Slush 2019 conference in November 2019.

"This technology breakthrough represents the next frontier of human-computer interaction and we are truly humbled to be here today introducing NextMind to the world," NextMind chief executive Sid Kouider told attendees at the unveiling. "For those who have said it would never be possible with non-invasive technology to communicate intent and implement actions directly from our brain to the world around us, it's time to believe β€” because this is real, and the possibilities are truly endless."

Designed to fit into the back of a hat or headband β€” and compatible with existing virtual and augmented reality headsets β€” the NextMind sensor is claimed to gather data from the electrical signals in the wearer's visual cortex and to use machine learning algorithms to transform those data into actionable inputs to a connected computer or other device.

β€œWe are honored to receive such recognition from the Consumer Technology Association for NextMind, and eager to get our Dev Kit out to developers and partners so that they can explore the many amazing ways this powerful real-time brain-computer interface will create new user experiences with the digital world," Kouider said this week, ahead of demonstrations of the sensor at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). "We look forward to giving CES attendees a demo that will blow their minds when they fully realise the power and deep immersive experience that NextMind can provide in gaming, computer control and their personal interaction with the Internet of Things just by focusing their thoughts."

The dev kits are due to launch in the second quarter of 2020, with pricing set at $399 during the pre-order period β€” a waitlist for which is available on the NextMind website.

Gareth Halfacree
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