University of Newcastle engineering students show innovative projects in first public exhibition

AARON Wong became hooked on computers as a child and estimates he spent hundred of hours with video game controllers in hand, indulging his favourite past-time.

Fast forward two decades and Mr Wong and Patrick Cooper have created a project that allows gamers to use just their thoughts to play Super Mario, hands free.

Their Mind over Mario project is one of 20 in the University of Newcastle’s first ever public engineering exhibition, which is showing at Newcastle Art Space to December 1.

Mr Wong, who studied computer science and is completing a post doctorate in psychology, said the project “combined neuroscience, psychology and engineering”.

It uses a headband device to pick up brain activity and translates signals into computer key presses. A blink is a jump and being relaxed – measured by oscillations in the brain – makes the user move forward. They plan to map a larger area of the brain to develop more key presses.

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