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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 2:13AM (Unverified) said

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I think the big question is "can BCI units compete with conventional input devices for utility?"

Even after you spend the 20-30 hours to learn to use them, would they offer superior function than the good old mouse and keyboard?

So far as I've seen, the answer is no. If the 20-30 hours granted you near-mystical union with your computer, then you'd see the price coming down to commercial levels, no matter how expensive it initially was. But people just don't see the potential, they don't see any superior functionality there.

As to the question "would people use these BCI's in their MMO's..." the answer is OF COURSE. Heck, we'd use Wiimotes in our MMO's if somebody built an MMO that took advantage of them.

Which is the important point: building an MMO that takes advantage of them. No matter how nifty the input device, there needs to be an equally nifty application that unleashes its potential.

When someone climbs to the top of the PVP ladder in WoW and then drops the bombshell that he's using a BCI to be the best... you'll see people lining up at their local electronics warehouses with BCI parts lists in their hot little hands.

Posted: Dec 6th 2007 3:00AM (Unverified) said

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I can tell you right now that twenty thousand dollars of BCI mouse interface can be an absolutely amazing thing - though I've never gotten over the creep factor of the mouse pointer 'doing what I want' before I know I want it.

There's no BCI keyboard interfaces, however. Too many data bits for current non-invasive methods.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2007 5:28PM (Unverified) said

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I've never seen a video of a BCI device with superior functionality to a standard mouse in terms of speed or accuracy. If you know where I can watch one, please let me know: coherent805 at yahoo.com

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