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  • MindMaze’s platform MindLeap brings together VR, motion capture, and electroencephalographic (or EEG) scans to create a tool to help rehabilitate patients after a stroke.
  • MindMaze is planning to release a software development kit that works with existing EEG and headset technology in the “coming months.”, according to CEO Tej Tadi.
  • The development of MindLeap represents a foray into the world of holistic VR, with potential projects including programming a MindLeap headset to read brain activity that corresponds to specific motions, or even emotions.
  • MindMaze still has work to do to improve the headset, including how it attaches to a user’s head and the gel used to attract electrodes.

From the article:

The platform, called MindLeap, fuses a series of technologies that are increasingly being used for gaming: VR, motion capture, and electroencephalographic (or EEG) scans. EEG sensors can let users control everything from prosthetic limbs to plush cat ears, reading the brain activity that corresponds to general states of mind (like relaxation) or specific movements. MindMaze, originally a spinoff of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, uses this combination to help rehabilitate patients after a stroke, essentially trying to trick their brains into re-learning how to move paralyzed limbs. Here, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, MindMaze has turned them into a short but complicated look at things to come in the world of entertainment…

…A lot of work goes into making this little system function. While I could watch a demonstration of the EEG in action, MindMaze was reluctant to swab me with gel, so I only got the experience of an ordinary headset. The company readily admits it’s no Oculus, and the prototype headset is solidly made but awkwardly front-heavy. It’s also no game development studio, so the experience was a small, almost purely visual tech demo. Company CEO Tej Tadi says that he’s hoping to sell a version of the “neurogoggles” to consumers, but not immediately; first, MindMaze is looking for partners and will be releasing a software development kit that works with existing EEG and headset technology in the “coming months.”…

Head over to The Verge for the full scoop.