Future Brain Games

Oct 16, 2006, 2:17 AM, Posted by Chinwe Onyekere

One of the most impressive examples of where we can go in the future that I saw at the recent Games for Health conference is SmartBrainGames

Using neurofeedback technology this game can harness your power of concentration for game play. Just imagine, you can sit there with four sensors placed on your head (this is not at all as sci-fi as it sounds) and with your ability to focus, you can play the game and advance to the next level.

One can only imagine the applications of this type of game in health. In it, your brain becomes an extension of your joystick controller. Could we use this game to assist surgeons in completing laparoscopic surgery faster and with fewer mistakes? Or could this game help people to control new prosthetic devices with mental acuity?  Or what else?

There are many questions like this around how we can apply video games to health and health care.  This field is in its infancy and there is more work to be done - we have only begun to play the game to better health. 

Keep watching this blog as we generate comments and have guest posters here to tell you more.  In the meantime, there's a short video about Games for Health available on YouTube that you can find here.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.