Student's 'mind control' device taking off

Second showing in Brazil for Vic Uni student

SHABNAM DASTGHEIB
Last updated 11:49 03/01/2012
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MASTERMIND: Ben Jack, whose created, Elucidating Feedback, will be displayed for a second time in Brazil after very positive feedback.

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A mind control device thought up by a Victoria University graduate is to be on display in Brazil for a second time after its popularity prompted a special invitation.

The device, inspired by Ben Jack's experiences with meditation, is based on the EEG concept, by which sensors measure and record electrical brain activity. A standard brain-computer interface headset captures brainwave data and reflects a person's state of mind through audio and patterns.

Jack came up with the concept of connecting randomly generated computer patterns to brainwaves through sensors on the forehead and ears. Strong concentration triggers clear-cut patterns while fuzzy patterns indicate a lack of focus.

Jack recently displayed his installation, Elucidating Feedback, at the Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has been invited to travel to Rio for another exhibition.

He said his installation drew large and enthusiastic crowds in Sao Paulo and he was thrilled to be heading back to Brazil. "I'm definitely excited to be going back over. I did get a lot of interest and enthusiasm last time and there has been a bit since."

Jack has been invited to attend the exhibition by File, a non-profit cultural organisation that works to promote and motivate research and art production on electronic language. In 2010, more than 30,000 people visited the Rio event and File Rio 2012  which runs from mid-March to early-April  is likely to be just as big.

Jack has a busy year ahead of him with a masters degree, more teaching and project development coming up but hopes to be able to display Elucidating Feedback in Wellington soon.

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