NextMind opens public pre-orders for its brain-sensing wearable Development Kit for use with AR/VR applications

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July 2, 2020 – NextMind, a neurotechnology startup and winner of a CES 2020 Best of Innovation Award, has recently announced that it has opened public pre-orders for its Development Kit. The company has already begun shipping early-access kits to select partners.

NextMind allows users to let their brain take control of the digital world with its brain-sensing wearable that delivers real-time device control using only a person’s thoughts. The technology translates brain signals into digital commands for any device in real time, according to the company.

“This is an exciting milestone for NextMind and our investors, as we are opening up orders for the thousands of developers who have been on our waitlist since we first demonstrated our incredible new brain-sensing wearable at CES,” said Sid Kouider, founder and CEO of NextMind. “We’re especially passionate about getting NextMind’s DevKit out to as many developers as possible working in game development and AR/VR applications because we know this technology will be such a literal game changer for the industry due to the fully immersive experiences it enables. Our team is excited to work with the developer community to discover all the ways they can use NextMind to switch on people’s minds, enable telekinetic-type powers and create mind-blowing apps.”

NextMind’s device is a small, lightweight wearable that captures electrical brain signals from a user’s visual cortex to create a deeper, more immersive experience. By using machine learning algorithms, NextMind translates signal outputs into direct digital commands for devices in real time, entirely hands free. The company states that its device fits onto the back of a cap or headband and can be used with AR/VR headsets, as well as IoT compatible devices.

NextMind’s DevKit supports a variety of Unity SDK elements and is compatible with a wide range of digital platforms, including Microsoft Windows 10, Apple’s macOS, Oculus, HTC Vive and HoloLens.

The NextMind DevKit will include:

  • NextMind Sensor: The company’s brain-sensing wearable provided with a headband and USB-C cable;
  • NextMind Engine: Real-time machine learning algorithms that transform neural signals into command;
  • NextMind SDK: Ready-to-use Unity resources such as tutorials, brain game use cases, demonstrations and code building blocks.

In January, NextMind captured the imagination of the tech community in the U.S. and around the world as a top newsmaker at CES 2020, winning two CES innovation awards, including the prestigious Best of Innovation in Augmented and Virtual Reality and Honoree in Wearable Technologies. Thousands of event attendees personally experienced the way NextMind allows users to unlock the sixth sense of direct-brain commands. 

Pre-orders for NextMind’s Development Kit can be placed for USD $399 at Early investors of the company include Nordic Makers, SISU Game Ventures, and founder and former CEO of Unity Technologies, David Helgason. For more information on the company, click here.

Video / image credit: NextMind / YouTube

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