News of the mind-controlled skateboard spurred a rather heated discussion on Crave this week about how we could apply brain-wave-powered tech to other aspects of our lives.
Of all the things we came up with, music was not one of them. However, Japanese artist Masaki Batoh's had the wherewithal to make that connection.
Wanting to remember and help those affected by last year's Great East Japan earthquake, Batoh produced a new album, called "Brain Pulse Music", that took survivors' brain waves and turned them into music.
Batoh's instrument of choice was something called the Brain Pulse Music Machine. It consists of a modified EEG machine, which measures electrical activity in the brain, and some crazy-looking headgear mounted with sensors.
With the machine hooked up to his volunteers (the sensors are attached to their earlobes), Batoh showed various images of Japan to the earthquake survivors to stimulate their brains. The EEG machine reads the brain activity, sending data on it to the attached motherboard and translating it into sound.
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