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Insane Kickstarter Promises A Video Game You Can Play With Your Mind

In the world of zany Kickstarter projects, this is one of the zaniest. Give these guys $40,000 and they'll let you blow things up with your mind.

The aptly-named Throw Trucks With Your Mind is a video game that promises to let you use your mind to move things around in-game. You use a regular controller to walk around and your mind to manipulate objects. (To see it in action, check out the video above.)

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So how the hell does this happen? Well, the folks behind TTWYM say they've rigged a NeuroSky MindWave headset to work with the online PC/Mac game. From their Kickstarter:

The game works by doing a bunch of crazy math on your brainwaves to determine how calm and focused you are. These two conditions act as the scalars on your psychic powers. Want to throw a truck into that pompous jerk strafing around in front of you? Just focus on it. The more focused you are, the harder you fling the truck and the more smushy he ends up.

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And more from designer Lat Ware:

I want to make the games that show how devices like these are more than just gimmicks, more than just cute ideas that never amount to meaningful experiences. I've already done the hard work of coding that skeleton. But I need money to get rid of the placeholder art, start building levels, work on the physics, and come up with net code that can work with this wacky premise.

Interesting stuff. If the project is successful, Ware and team are aiming for a March 2014 release.

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In my college years, as recent as they were, we worked on brain-computer interfaces. There has been huge developments in the field of BCI, though the current use of EEG in BCI is little more than parlor tricks using event-related potentials and alpha-wave reset.

This EEG-based platform uses nothing but base alpha waves to register whether the brain is in an excited state of concentration or anxiety. It's not different than Mindflex, which came out some time ago, all this does is have a different output. This isn't even mind-control. It's Alpha Wave Reader the game. You could do the same thing with a medical EEG, only your wave amplitude would change on a screen, not a truck exploding.

TL;DR, it's kind of a scam.