July 20th, 2011

Ideas Competition: how else might cyclists use brain sensors inside their helmets?

Loved ones, draw near and take note, the next recipient among you who shall be awarded Dr. Behooving's coveted "Reader of the Week" prize (that launched BikeSnobNYC, and the Cycle-Chic empires), shall be the stand out performer in this here ideas competition, that I am about to announce. The Toyota Prius Project Concept Bike (PXP) has no gear levers or cables. How very old hat, cables now seem. I can't believe people still sell them. The PXP is very new hat. EEG electrodes in your new hat (or helmet, if you prefer) read your mind, and change the gears for you. 

The bicycling press is largely ignoring this innovation. Had it come from Shimano, they would be crawling all over it. But as a reader of my blog, you are more imaginative. Let me milk that great mind of yours, for ideas.

Tell me in, in dot points, what other applications you can see for mind reading electrodes, specifically, as fitted inside a bike helmet? Perhaps we could tell traffic lights that we want to turn left, or tell doors to open—tell me that kind of thing, only not those two precise things, because that would be cheating.

This really has piqued my interest. The ability to turn on and off lights, around our houses, has never seemed to warrant the attachment of electrodes to our night caps, let alone the surgical insertion of chips into our bodies. But in situations where our hands are tied up—let us say, steering a bike—cyborg powers could make a huge difference, allowing cyclists to engage with physical and virtual environments without losing their balance, or having to stop.

Thank you so much, and good luck! Use the comments button below (though I would have thought that was obvious).