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OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator

10 October 2009 10,758 views No Comment
OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator

Editor's Rating: ★★½☆☆

Developer: OCZ

Website: http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/ocz_peripherals/nia-neural_impulse_actuator

Status: Commercially Available

Price: $129 USD

Pros: Very lightweight, easy to use, relatively inexpensive, three electrode sensors

Cons: There is some skepticism as to whether or not this device can be called a true BCI, as the primary modes of input require EMG from facial muscle movements

Verdict: This is the least expensive of all the currently available headsets, however, it may not actually use true EEG features for control. As such, use by those who have severe disabilities may be problematic.

OCZ’s Neural Impulse Actuator (nia) marks a new era in gaming. Rather than being a substitute for a mouse, the nia is a pioneering new peripheral to be used in conjunction with your mouse for a more immersive gaming experience. The nia is compatible with any PC game using keyboard input… past, present, or future. Predefined profiles included with the software allow the gamer to develop their own nia—memory to launch the desired behavior of their character and shoot with the “blink of an eye”, without lifting a finger.