MindMaze, a neurotechnology company based in Switzerland, has unveiled a new brain-computer product, called Mask, which can capture the user’s facial expressions and reflect them in their virtual avatar.
The technology involves a piece of sensor-loaded foam, inserted into a virtual reality headset, for detecting the changing electrical signals from face muscles to predict expressions like frowning, smiling, or winking milliseconds before they happen, writes Seeker.
Tej Tadi, C.E.O. of MindMaze, says “neuro-virtual technology” humanizes V.R. with a potential to add new emotional depth to social and gaming interactions in near future, notes Venture Beat.
Tadi added that Mask technology holds promise for a wide range of therapeutic applications owing to its long distance capabilities, reports Forbes. For example, Mask can deliver a more engaging experience between a patient and their therapist during a remote interaction.