“Transparent: brain computer interface and social architecture” by Ducao, Tseng and Kapri

  • ©Arlene Ducao, Tiffany Tseng, and Anette von Kapri

  • ©Arlene Ducao, Tiffany Tseng, and Anette von Kapri




    Transparent: brain computer interface and social architecture



    Transparent is an office window that varies its opacity in order to help a user maintain focus at work. By changing opacity, the window blocks distractions in the user’s environment while subtly signaling the person’s availability to others. The user’s focus is determined via a neuroheadset that passively measures her brain activity through electroencephalography (EEG); the focus of the user is then algorithmically determined and wirelessly communicated to a smart glass module that changes transparency accordingly. Transparent explores opportunities to merge brain computer interfaces (BCI) with smart architecture to improve productivity at work.


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