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Telekinesis : Not Just In Your Head

Have you ever dreamed of moving things with your mind? Out of all of the many marvels at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, I never expected to see something as innovative as the Mind Flex.

Neurosky teamed up with Mattel, the worlds’ largest toy manufacturer, to create a revolutionary device that has been described as “basketball for your brain.” It had me thinking: “So, to develop telekinesis all I need is this thing?” I was skeptical, so the Mindflex team let me have a sneak-peek…

Neurosky claims they have created cutting-edge technology combined with the power of your mind to create an interactive experience unlike any other – a game where the players compete in the “ultimate mental marathon.”

How it works: A lightweight headset containing sensors for the forehead and earlobes measures your brainwave activity. When you focus your concentration, a small foam ball will rise on a gentle stream of air. Relax your thoughts and the ball will descend. By using a combination of physical and mental coordination, you must then guide the ball through a customizable obstacle course – the various obstacles can be repositioned into many different configurations.

My experience: Having ADD I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on anything, let alone move a ball through a hoop with only my thoughts. Yet, after some coaching (and some Jedi Mind tricks) I figured it out.

The Bottom line: This is only the beginning. If we can create a device like this, what’s next? Doing dishes without lifting a finger? Levitating a remote to our hand so we can change channels on our T.V? In a few years, telekinesis may not just be in our heads.

Mindflex will be released this fall and retail for $80.

If you want to find out more about Mindflex, check out my video detailing my experience at the demonstration in Las Vegas: