What is the reality at all? And who told you that you are not already in virtual reality?


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Hi to everyone, this is a fellow emperor from virtual reality Israel, before I start the next article I want to start with a brief explanation.


The first computer game that came out in A was Pong or English simply PONG and before I continue to the rabbit forgiveness, let's see the game:


And now let's look at examples of today's computer games:



And now let's see what level virtual reality games have reached in less than three years, (the serious glasses in the market)


Let's jump a few years into the near future, say 10 years, there will be no difference between reality and virtual reality and I will sign it! Which leads us to a very serious thought about our existence, who said we are no longer in a computer game? The non-computers will be able to create computer characters that will have free will and emotion, a point of thought.


The reason I opened with this example is that virtual reality will not be glasses all the time, we are approaching the day that virtual reality will communicate directly with the human brain, (I'm not crazy or laughing), and now I move on to the next article that is somewhat related.


Valve develops direct brain-computer interfaces that can be built into your virtual reality glasses


Wellness experimental psychiatrist Dr. Mike Ambinder took to the stage at GDC 2019 talking about brain-computer interfaces (BCI) and how they will impact the future of game design. Ambinder has presented a near future where VR / AR virtual reality glasses are a brain connection A non-invasive electroencephalogram (EEG) is a device that can one day provide data to game designers so they can create a new generation of smarter games. The long-term view is certainly trending toward neural implants, Ambinder says, but we're not there yet.


It is important to note at this point that they are not the only company dealing in the field and there is also the company of Elon Musk Neuralink and other companies dealing in the field of connecting us to Matrix in practice.


Brain-computer interfaces are basically a communication method that translates neural signals into actionable input for computers. In the context of gaming, the goal of companies like Ambinder is to acquire player physiological data and use it to inform the game whether a player is happy, sad, frustrated, bored, focused, distracted, etc; The idea is to understand why this happens in all circumstances - whether it is anger to experience a game bug, or happiness when a particular goal is achieved - and build systems to leverage that data.


And it's not as far-fetched as you think Dr. Mike Ambinder says:


"We can measure responses to in-game stimuli. And we don't always get [data] reliably, but we're starting to understand how. Think about what you want to know about your players. There's a long list of things we can get now with current technology, generation analysis The current, and the current generation experiment, ”he said.


In the near term, Ambinder sees EEG as the easiest way to start collecting this kind of psychological data and organize it into something practical for developers to create more immersive games. In the case of EEG, electrodes are located non-invasively at different points of the scalp, and are used to measure the voltage fluctuations of neurons in the brain. Things like mindfulness, learning, memory and intention have been measured in some ways through EEG, and Ambinder hopes that these things, previously a subject of scientific research, will work their way into designing the main game at some point. But people aren't just going to wear a full 35-unit electrode in number, the helmet transmits EEG for initiatives such as OpenBCI and that though; This is where AR / VR comes in.


“If you're going to measure brain signals, you need a way to get people to wear a helmet. "One advantage of AR and VR is that you get consistent contact with the source of brain activity. So you might be able to do some interesting things if you can convince them to wear a helmet with EEG sensors."


Companies like Neurable have already begun to manufacture EEGs specifically built to work with VR devices, allowing people to "control software and devices that use only their brain activity," the company claims.


However, EEG data is not a perfect solution. Ambinder compared it to sitting outside a football stadium and trying to understand what was happening on the ground just by listening to the intensity of the crowd reaction. The current generation of BCI devices is noisy, and EEG is one of the noises due to the work of collecting neural signals through the skull, scalp and hair.


There is still much to learn from EEG, Ambinder says, despite deeper knowledge and push toward immersive games, more invasive implant brain implants are likely in the future. Before that happens, they will have to pass what he calls the "LASIK threshold" - a procedure that is technically invasive but affords many potential benefits to the user while reducing the overall risk of the procedure.


Ambinder didn't have much to announce the company's plans for a potential breakthrough for BCI with something monumental like consumer virtual reality - and although he sees the EEG as a definite early avenue for capturing some kind of big data, he states that we need to start building interaction systems that can encompass everything from creating good tutorials More by learning about the user's private ability to learn, to make the games better and more real for the players.