Solaris: Mind-Controlled Magnets
November 22nd 2014

Have you always want to move objects or control machines just by thinking about doing it? Well, I know I have. In the last week we came across a project named Solaris, an installation that gives participants the power to control a pool of ferrofluids (magnetic fluids) with their brainwaves.

This project was created in a colaboration between the design group ::vtol:: , the chemist Edward Rakhmanov, the neurophysiologist Alexander Kaplan and the designer Julia Borovaya.

Solaris uses a brainwave-reading headpiece to register the brain activity of the participants. The strength and the orientation of the brains focus is translated into the position of a magnet which is located under the pool of ferrofluids. The movements in the pool are completely determined by the position of this magnet and hereby the focus of the participants as well.

Although it sounds quite intuitive, using Solaris still requires some practice in order to be able to use it. The reason for this is that actually you are extending your body. It is just like a kid learning to walk, it requires practice to get familiar with your body.

Solaris is just one of the many options that are possible with the use of brain waves. Think for example about mind controlled autonomous cars, music players or computers without the use of a mouse or keyboard. As you can see, the options are diverse. What possibilities do you see?

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This article was originally published on Next Nature Lab

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