Samsung, your TV is controlled with your thoughts

The South Korean company has developed a system that allows you to control your TV with your brain waves. Here's how it works

Get your TV remote and set it aside. In a few years, it could be a priceless heirloom. During the Samsung Developer Conference in early November, during which Samsung's foldable smartphone was unveiled and provided some details about the upcoming Galaxy S10, the South Korean company gave a glimpse of what the TV of the future will look like.

As we mentioned, we'll say goodbye to the remote control and have the ability to control the TV via telepathy. To switch from one channel to another, to lower or raise the volume and, of course, to turn on or off the TV will be enough to think about it and, within a fraction of a second, the device will respond to the command sent through our thoughts. The technology was initially conceived and developed for people with mobility problems, such as those suffering from quadriplegia and other forms of paralysis, but it could represent a revolution for the entire household appliances sector. If it works, we could use and control the dishwasher, oven and washing machine (just to name three examples) remotely and without the need for video interfaces.

How the thought-controlled TV works

To get the software to control TVs and appliances using telepathy, he worked with the Center of Neuroprosthetics at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) for three months collecting data and information about how the brain works when it needs something and wants to perform an action. Once you have enough data on how brain waves work and their correspondence with the various actions that you do (or would like to do) you can create a working model. This is then joined by various machine learning algorithms that allow you to transform the brain impulses into concrete actions that, in this specific case, result in changing channels or increasing the volume of the TV.