You get home after a long day’s work, you sit on the couch and want to watch a movie. With a snap of your fingers - the TV turns on. A subtle finger movement in mid-air and the movies on your screen scroll. You point at the movie you’d like to watch, tap your fingers and it starts playing. Then you press your fingers and rotate your wrist to turn up the volume.
I’m not trying to portray a scene from a movie like minority report.
All this can be done today, using a device called Mudra.
Mudra is a wearable device that can fit on your watch strap or your wrist, and basically reads your mind.
You probably heard all the hype about some very big names in the business of neural control, such as Elon Musk’s Neuralink or Facebook’s latest $500M purchase of Ctrl-Labs. Mudra aims at the same holy grail of Brain-Computer Interface - the Mudra device’s electrodes sense subtle differences in biopotentials on your wrist. These are motor nerve signals from your brain, ordering your fingers to move. The signals are processed on an AI deep learning model that deciphers your intent, and sends a command to any connected device to do something - be it a smart home, smart watch, smart phone, smart glasses, or any device you can put the word smart next to…
Mudra is the only device out there that is available for purchase today, which can recognize human intent from biopotentials; the company has already sold the dev-kit to dozens of companies including several tier 1 companies, with some of which joint projects are currently in progress.
Mudra can accurately recognize gestures, all it takes is a quick setup on the intuitive Mudra Inspire App and it simply works. Mudra also tracks the orientation of your wrist, and can even notice the amount of pressure you apply between your fingers.
There are many more applications one can think of for Mudra. We have developed the TV OS mentioned at the top and a few more apps to demonstrate Mudra’s capabilities (Most are available on the Play store) including the Towers of Hanoi — in which you can drag and drop using fingertip pressure; a gesture based Snake game; a Paint App using nothing but your fingers; and even an Asteroid-like game in which your hand becomes the joystick of a spaceship, pressure between your fingers is your throttle, and tapping your fingers blasts away asteroids.
“We know we are challenging some heftily financed giants in the brain device interface field. We believe our edge on the current solutions is by primarily focusing on the user experience, and then figure our way back to the AI and hardware” Says Founder and Chief Scientist Guy Wagner, “There is little value in developing a technology for the sake of itself. We want to solve a problem for the users of tomorrow, and in the connected world that is upon us, one of the main issues we are facing is having an easy-to-use and intuitive way to control all our devices.”
“Some of the technologies that are developed in this field are invasive, others are bulky and it’s hard to imagine someone would wear them all day long. We are of the opinion that even if a device works perfectly, nobody will use it if it isn’t comfortable. For that reason, we focus on the form factor and elegance of the devices, that is the minimization of the physical dimensions and the use of exotic materials to make is as comfortable as possible for a full day use. That’s also why Mudra has the first Patent for bio-potential neural control at the wrist.”
Original blog post taken from Medium