Use the Force — Telekinetic Toys May Control Mechanical Hands

Just like Yoda levitated Luke’s X-Wing Fighter, a new Mattel toy raises a ping-pong ball using only the power of your mind. (Small wireless headsets convert your brain’s electrical activity into a wireless signal.)

But that’s only the beginning. Government-financed projects are investigating mechanical hands, arms, and legs controlled by the nervous system. Though NeuroSky’s hardware is used in “The Force Trainer,” they’re marketing their brain-wave sensors to the healthcare industry, with applications in education and even the automotive industry.

“It’s selling brain-reading hardware and software headsets to all comers,” notes one science journal, “including Christmas competitors like Mattel’s $80 Mindflex and Uncle Milton’s $130 Force Trainer.”