Brink Bionics Impulse, or a neuro-controller for faster clicking in games

The Brink Bionics Impulse came from the original Indiegogo campaign last year. According to the short description, it is a “neuro-controller for playing on a PC”, which is to be useful especially where it is really about milliseconds and where it is extremely important that we hit the opponent at least a moment before he pulls the trigger. These are also network 3D shooters such as Counter-Strike or other similar ones. How does it all work?

It is simply a glove with an AI system, which will try to use the built-in sensors to detect nerve impulses and predict the moment when we decide to press the mouse button to shoot. The goal is to press this button earlier than would be possible without the use of a glove, and the manufacturer promises to get a lead of up to 80 ms, but rather between 30 and 50 ms.

The neoprene glove is thus equipped with orange electrodes and has a built-in ARM Cortex M0 processor in a larger orange case, while it is connected to a PC via a USB interface on a two-meter cable with a polling frequency of 2000 Hz. It weighs 45 grams and is produced in four sizes. And it is conceivable that before one gets used to it, if you can do it properly, you can do more harm than good.

And how does it all work? We simply put on a glove and let it get used to our hand to correctly detect the nerve impulses that result in the movement of a finger to press one of the two main mouse buttons. Once the system adapts, it should be able to click the mouse for us before it really happens, and of course not physically. The glove will simply replace the functions of the main two mouse buttons, which we will still physically press, but will basically be inactive. This is also shown by Trisha Hershberger in the following video, when at 3:40 he just holds his hand in the air, moves his finger and the shot on the monitor shows a firing gun.

According to the manufacturer, the delay between sending an excitement from the brain and the movement of the finger itself is about 150 to 200 ms, so Impulse gloves should shorten this delay by about a quarter. On the other hand, there is the question of how reliable this hardware is and the fact that it is one of the devices that one would really need to try before buying to know whether or not it makes sense is quite obvious.

Brink Bionics will ask for £ 103 for this product, or about CZK 3,000 plus postage, and the first customers will see it in May.


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Source: Svět hardware by www.svethardware.cz.

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