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NextMind

A company developing a noninvasive, EEG-based brain-computer interface geared to the mass market.

NextMind is a spinoff from founder Sid Kouider's lab at École Normale Supérieure. NextMind develops wearable non-invasive EEG technology, worn on the back of your head over the visual cortex area. The company has a device that allows commands to be input into computers and AR/VR headsets using your visual attention. NextMind plans to develop technology to allow external devices to be controlled with visual imagination as well.

NextMind has a proprietary material for the electrodes, which are comb shaped, going through the hair to reach the scalp. Microchips on the ends of each electrode capture data for the machine learning algorithms.

NextMind’s device can clip onto the back of an Oculus VR headset to control video games. The NextMind Dev Kit is built around the Utility 3D game engine and allows developers and hobbyists to build their own brain-controlled environment and applications.

Timeline

August 2018
NextMind raises a $4,600,000 seed round from Bpifrance, David Helgason, Nordic Makers and Sune Alstrup Johansen.

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Sid Kouider

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Further reading

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Mind Control for the Masses--No Implant Needed

Arielle Pardes

Web

January 2, 2020

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News

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Darrell Etherington
December 21, 2020
TechCrunch
NextMind debuted its Dev Kit hardware at CES last year, but the hardware is now actually shipping out, and the startup shared with me the production version to take a test drive. The NextMind controller is a sensor that reads electrical signals from your brain's visual cortex, and translates those into input signals for a [...]
James Trew
December 8, 2020
Engadget
Whether it's duping Stormtroopers about which droids they are looking for or Professor X's mutant powers, we clearly hope that magical powers lie dormant within. Time isn't quite up for the trusty keyboard and mouse combo, but they could start to seem a little quaint, perhaps.

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