BrainBattle 2011

Within the frame of the research project CADET, the ARS Electronica Futurelab has developed an interactive arcade game called “BrainBattle”. In this game, two players can take on the ultimate battle of brains against each other with brain computer interfaces. As a result, well-known classic games like Pong, Space Invaders and Pac Man are revitalized by an unusual form of interaction.

 

Brain Battle Ars Electronica FutureLab, Austria Brain Battle lets you experience and interact with the principles of thought-powered interfaces. Move a ball around the screen, shoot or defend goals in simple video-style games and enjoy your first taste of an organic interface. It’s a new discipline on the edge of technology and the science of the brain, calling for new approaches to how we explain ourselves and our lives.
Brain Battle lets you experience and interact with the principles of thought-powered interfaces. Credit: Ars Electronica

 

The term of the electroencephalogram is most probably far better known in the medical field. This technology, however, has taken over to the game area. In addition to realizing the game play with thoughts from the mind, the interface for “Brain Battle” also allows utilizing the tilt of the head and the movement of the facial muscles as means of interaction. A high degree of concentration is required in order to move the characters completely freehand on the playing field.

 

Brain Battle allows two players to compete in games classics like Pong, Space Invaders or Pacman - just with the help of their thoughts. Foto: AE Solutions
Brain Battle allows two players to compete in games classics like Pong, Space Invaders or Pacman – just with the help of their thoughts. Credit: AE Solutions

 


Research & Development:

Roland Haring, Veronika Pauser, Otto Naderer, Michael Badics, Imanol Gomez, My Trinh Gardiner