ThinkerThing: Creating 3D Objects with Your Mind

by Matthew Wellington on June 5, 2013

ThinkerThing 3D Design HeadsetThe typical process of creating a 3D object is you first get the right modeling software, then create the object you want to fabricate in the form of CAD data on your computer and finally send the data to a 3D printer.

Compared to mass 3D Prototyping, the former is definitely a faster and more preferred method to use when creating any 3D object.

But if you have ever used a 3D printer before and you are not exactly a design professional, you probably understand that it might take a little over an hour or two before you create the ideal object design you want to print.

The good thing is now you can create 3D objects with your mind, with absolutely no need to spend hours behind your PC just trying to come up with a flawless 3D design to print.

A company located in Chile called ThinkerThing┬áhas created a custom made headset, which studies evolutionary patterns of your brain and uses them to create 3D objects from your mind. Commonly referred to as the ‘Emotiv EPOC Brain-Computer Headset’, this is the very first software invented that can fabricate 3D models from one’s mind.

George Laskowsky and Bryan Salt of ThinkerThing are the two masterminds who gave birth to the idea of creating this revolutionary headset. According to the two, it took them a lot of time spent with neuroscientists to understand how they could design the software that can be used to create 3D objects merely from the brain without all the handiwork.

How Does It Work?

Just a month ago, the company created the first 3D object using their Emotiv EPOC computerized headset. The object was a 3 dimensional plastic like image of an orange polygon. Though it was a simple demonstration, ThinkerThing believes that the headset can be used to fabricate more complex and creative 3D models through the user’s mind.

It is pretty easy to create 3D objects using the EPOC neural headset. As soon as you put the headset on, the device reads all the patterns of your brain and then transfers the data obtained to the system. Once the data has been retrieved, the evolution system of the device will be able to identify your individual DNA features that trigger responses in your brain.

Basically the device analyses and comprehends your distinct visual perception to stimuli. The device is then able to instantly detect electrical impulses in your brain, using them to create a 3D object just as you see it in your mind.

The fact that a study of your underlying DNA features precedes the fabrication of the objects is why it is often said that the objects are modeled from your genetic seed. And often the features read will determine the next generation of 3D objects one is able to create using the software.

In simpler terms, the Emotiv EPOC headset is designed to turn brainwaves or impulses into actual 3D objects. Presently though, the device has a few limitations especially when it comes to creating complex and larger objects because the project is still in infancy stages.

All objects that can be created by the headset however can be printed through most modern 3D printers including the Makerbot.

Potential Benefits of the EPOC Neural Headset

The primary boon resulting from ThinkerThing’s idea of generating 3D objects from the mind is that it removes the need to design 3D objects with the aid of Modeling Software. Many people who were having a problem creating 3D objects because of not knowing how to use modeling software, now have nothing to worry about.

Albeit you may want to check a few ThinkerThing Videos Online to have a better understanding of how to use the device, you no longer need to be a design pro or go for professional training in designing 3D objects. Provided you can think, see it and design it in your mind, it will be quite possible to create any 3D model you desire.

Therefore, handicapped people and children can also use the EPOC Neural Headset to create their own objects, toys, creatures, cartoons and buildings. The device actually is the best way to introduce children into the world of 3D printing and grant them an almost real time opportunity to experience what 3D printing can do.

If the project is successful, the headset will also become of the fastest ways in which a person can create 3D objects. Considering that all one needs to do is think or imagine an object into existence, 3D printing cannot get any simpler. Particularly to non-designers, using the headset to create 3D models will really be a walk through the park.

ThinkerThing’s Plans

Bryan Salt and George Laskowsky have a lot of plans for their new invention. First, the company intends to recognize and inspire the challenged and less fortunate children of their home country Chile by giving them the chance to be the first children to test the headset.

The duo also has voiced their plans to use the headset to motivate children across America and Chile to develop passion and zeal in education. By enabling children to have a feel of the awesome capabilities of 3D printing technology, the company believes it will help children realize the importance of devoting themselves to education.

What’s more, just recently a fund raising campaign was instigated by the company with intentions to use the money collected to build a large exhibition. According to the company, the exhibition will enable them to showcase all the exquisite creatures and objects that all the children who will have used the headset will create.

The exhibition will thus help them to expand their project as many people will be visiting and getting an opportunity to see the varied things their software (EPOC neural headset) has been used to fabricate. At the same time, the exhibition will motivate more children to use the headset creatively to design outstanding creations with their mind.

Overall, the Emotiv EPOC Brain Computer Headset has brought 3D printing to a whole new level, by simplifying the fabrication process and mitigating the technicalities of using 3D Design Software.

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