January 31, 2017

With Mindflix, You Can Browse Netflix with Your Brainwaves

Netflix engineers are developing Mindflix, a headband with sensors that allows you to choose a movie or show based on your brainwaves.

Browsing Netflix can be a time-consuming process, rife with decision-making paralysis and discord. By the time you choose a movie to watch, you could have already been halfway through it. Wouldn't it be great to just skip that step altogether? 

Engineers at Netflix have the answer: Mindflix, a sensor headband prototype based on the Muse, which reads brainwaves for the purposes of meditation. Wearing the headband, viewers can browse Netflix without a remote control and select a movie or show just by thinking about what they want to watch. 

Of course, Mindflix can't actually read your mind; instead, it detects activity in the frontal lobe, the decision-making epicenter of the brain. At this point, it's unclear how, exactly, the device translates activity levels into commands. But according to the video above, Netflix's engineers, who developed Mindflix for the company's annual Hack Day, were able to successfully use the device.

Unfortunately for the lazy among us, there's no information available regarding potential R&D for a market release.      

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I don't buy it. And you'd think Netflix of all people would know how to make a better video showing off their idea

January 31, 2017 at 2:22PM, Edited January 31, 2:22PM

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Thomas Bunink
Student/Self Employed Freelance Filmmaker
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This is clearly an official piece of news if you check the linked source that was included (thanks Emily).
That said, the article is quite misleading with, "Viewers can...select a movie or show just by thinking about what they want to watch."
This tech demo doesn't shortcut the browsing process on Netflix, but simply allows you to do that process with head gesture / mental commands rather than buttons on a remote control (the remote is arguably much faster).

January 31, 2017 at 3:40PM, Edited January 31, 3:41PM

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Samuel Neff
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Emily, this is a waste of our time here on NFS.

January 31, 2017 at 4:14PM

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Steven Brule
Doctor
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We are on February 1st, I think.... aren't we?

February 1, 2017 at 1:48PM

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Carlos Luis Pujol
Director of Photography
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I...Why? Why would I want this?

February 2, 2017 at 1:57PM

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Abi Stricker
Student
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This is just amazing for us. http://freeflixpremium.com

October 11, 2017 at 10:19AM, Edited October 11, 10:19AM

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jenny
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