How is it possible to create objects with your mind you might ask yourself. Well, it isn’t easy but on 8th May this year George Lakowski of Thinker Thing succesfully created a real physical object with the power of his mind. Using an Emotiv Epoc neuroheadset, George was able to form a 3D shape by directing evolutionary mutations with his mind.
The Epoc neuroheadset detects brain patterns of the user. These patterns are then used to understand emotional response to certain features in visual stimulus based on an evolution system created by Thinker Thing. They can determine the underlying DNA features that evoke responses and use that in a natural selection process to refine the next generation of objects. Like this, the user grows a model using their mind.
Thinker Thing has created a process that frees everyone from the ruts, frees you from the need to learn difficult technical process of making an object and instead facilitates your creativity. With funding of the Chilean Government,the help of young children throughout Chile and an Indiegogo funding program Thinker Thing is starting the ‘Fantastic Mind Creatures Of Chile’ project. With this project they want to use their invention to light a fire of inspiration throughout the remote and often disadvantaged schools of South America. As William Yeates said,“Education is not filling a bucket, its lighting a fire.”
Their invention will be touring the regions of Chile, from the driest desert in the world to the end of the world in Patagonia, inspiring and teaching the complex scientific, art and engineering principles behind the invention to very young children in remote rural regions via this engaging and fascinating project.
They are asking the children from each of the regions that they visit to create fantastical creatures of the mind. The 3D printer makes these creatures into real physical objects, and they expect children from different parts of the world will create vastly different creatures that, in some small way, reflect the environment in which they were born. This gave them their idea, to create a school outreach program and exhibition for the fantastical creatures these children create.
You can back their program on Indiegogo here. They need some more support to complete their funding.