Gaming Controller Reads Muscle Signals to Click Mice Faster
Michael Lewis’ award-winning nonfiction book Flash Boys on the world of high frequency trading translates into millisecond benefits in millions of dollars. There isn’t quite as much money at stake in the world of competitive online gaming, but as anyone who’s even played a casual game of Fortnite knows, gaming rewards response times. The faster the better.
To help with this, a Canadian startup called Brink Bionics created a device called the Impulse Neuro-Controller that can detect mouse clicks before your finger has even clicked the button in question.
This is done using a fingerless, sensory, sporty glove that is reminiscent of the legendary Nintendo Power Glove from the 1980s. It can supposedly pick up the electrical signals sent by a person’s muscles when they contract when a mouse click occurs. This information is then processed by special software and interpreted as a click by your gaming rig. In this way, reported 80 milliseconds of click time can be saved.
“This is the first time that the human nervous system has been used to optimize performance for games and esports in real time,” inventor Erik Lloyd told Digital Trends. “This is the first step towards the future represented in games like Deus Ex or Cyberpunk. There you can go into a store and buy technology that allows you to optimize your natural abilities through neural interfaces.”
Lloyd said Impulse is changing the way peripherals work, transforming them from reactive devices that respond to mechanical movement into proactive devices that respond to intent. He compared the game advantage to jumping from a 30 frames per second (fps) monitor to a 60 fps monitor.
For those looking to get their hands on it, there is an Indiegogo campaign that people can use to pledge their money to secure a unit. While there was a Kickstarter campaign late last year, Lloyd said they set up the Indiegogo for “anyone who missed our first campaign”. The units are advertised for $ 177 Canadian, approximately $ 140
As with any crowdfunding campaign, you should be aware of the risks associated with ordering. In this case, shipping is expected to take place in May 2021.