KNF Neuberger, Inc.
One of the most difficult aspects of the
project was approaching it from the open
“Its daunting in a lot of ways to take really
cool technology and tell everyone that you are
going to show them exactly how you are doing
it,” says Russomanno.
Some of the biggest changes have been
“everything,” according to Russomanno, as the
BCI design challenge is so broad in scale and
can’t be solved with a single discipline.
The biggest barrier moving forward is
getting people to understand how to use the
technology, but the company hopes to become
a centralized point where people can come
together and share ideas.
“Humans are obsessed with, and dependent
on, technology,” says Russomanno. “A lot of
people are skeptical with BCI because they
think it’s the invasion of tech into our minds,
which is the last sacred place, the final thing
that we have over technology.” Yet he believes
that technology has already invaded our minds,
and at this point, it’s a one-way conversation.
“Right now, our ability to talk to tech is
limited,” Russomanno explains. “Our integration with technology is very unidirectional.
BCI is our way of leveling the playing field and
standing up against technology.”
Passively responding to brain activity,
moving a curser without touching a mouse or
a keyboard, and mobile apps that can track
your state of mind, these are all things that can
potentially happen as a result of BCI.
“It’s going to be really cool to be able to
augment life in that way,” says Russomanno,
and with nine days left to go and more than
$113,000 raised, he is well on his way. MDT
[Editor’s note: The figures provided in the final
sentence were at the time of the article being
written. At press time, the total raised was
$215,438, well over the original goal.]
If interested in seeing more about
this project, watch the author’s video
presentation, “Kickstarter of the Week:
How to Undermine Intellectual
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The design will be customizable so users can
move pieces around and disconnect pieces.
Because the project is open source, the design
files will be available for further customization.