Our philosophy around this piece was that the best user interface is no user interface. Regular inputs like buttons and dropdowns have been replaced almost completely with the user’s mind waves. The on-screen interface and booth work together as outputs to complete an immersive experience involving senses of touch, hearing, sight, sound and thought - a true first for interface design in South Africa.
The Extra Cold Mind Reader is a unique hybrid of EEG brainwave-sensing technology, touch screen interface and flash as a physical installation. EEG is the recording of brain waves along the scalp by measuring the brains spontaneous electrical activity over a short period of time. By using the EEG headset technology we are able to take these signals and give the user the ability to control their experience within The Extra Cold Mind Reader.
By measuring concentration levels over a period of time we are able to trigger a draught pour. In this sense your mind becomes an input like any other and we can use it to trigger a real world reaction, in this case the pouring of a perfect Extra Cold Castle Lite draught.