It’s all in the mind – new game uses brainwaves to control obstacle course


A ground-breaking game in which players use their BRAINWAVES to move a ball around an obstacle course is launched in Britain today.

Competitors wear a hi-tech headset which has sensors to measure brain activity.

The player’s level of mental activity determines the strength of a fan used to levitate a foam ball through the air and manoeuvre it around the board.

American games giant Mattel launched the Mindflex game at the Gadget Show in Birmingham’s NEC.

A Mattel spokeswoman said: ”Players’ brainwaves are effectively used to power the fan which controls the ball.

”The more a person concentrates the stronger the air flow and similarly the more someone relaxes the less the fan will blow.

”The game demands incredible mental strength and control.”

Sensors similar to an EEG monitor are attached to a player’s temple which measure the brainwaves.

The results are then fed into a computer which controls the fan.

The player uses the fan to control the direction of the ball through a variety of obstacles on the course.

The game has five difficulty settings and a head-to-head mode where players can compete against each other to complete an obstacle course in the quickest time.

The game, which is available from July, costs £80 and is the first mind-game to hit the UK.


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