Some seriously sci-fi earbuds were just unveiled at CES 2024. Called Naqi Neural Earbuds, they use facial movements to control devices in a way that seems almost telepathic.
The company Naqi Logix says these take brain-computer interfaces way beyond invasive implants. Their earbuds let you command computers, wheelchairs, robots and smart home tech with subtle facial twitches and tugs.
Like raising a brow could pause music. Clenching your jaw might steer a wheelchair left. It turns micro-motions into digital actions for an invisible, seamless interface.
The potential applications are huge, especially for people with mobility issues. The earbuds can provide unprecedented independence for those unable to operate devices manually.
In a blog post, Naqi’s co-founder shared the origins of this grant-winning concept. He was compelled to create wearable tech that taps brain signals after wanting to help a quadriplegic friend gain more autonomy.
He described their system as safe, noninvasive, universal, invisible and silent. Truly a revolutionary human-machine interface that transforms lives.
The earbuds already won an Innovation Award at CES 2024 for forward-thinking accessibility tech. But their influence could stretch even further, into the competitive world of esports and professional gaming.
When technology leverages innovation to empower and include, it demonstrates the immense capacity for bettering lives. Naqi’s neural earbuds are trailblazing by turning subtle signals from our bodies into door-openers for mobility.
CES 2024 visitors witnessed the dawn of a hands-free future where amputees can steer wheelchairs, injured gamers can keep competing, and smart homes can run seamlessly. Naqi’s technology proves progress isn’t just about what tech can do, but who it can help.