ThinkerThing |3D Printed Thoughts

System Enables Users To 3D Print Their Thoughts


Chile-based ThinkerThing connects users’ brains directly to a 3D printer through neurosensory tech, to create a physical manifestation of their imagination.

While 3D printing has long been touted as the future of mass manufacture, and there have been some efforts to bring the technology to the consumer level – take the MakerBot as an example – it still requires a certain amount of knowhow to produce the digital files required. Chile-based ThinkerThing aims to skip the design process by connecting users’ brains directly to a 3D printer through neurosensory tech, to create a physical manifestation of their imagination.

The first prototype of the ThinkerThing system uses an EmotivEPOC headset – capable of reading the wearer’s brainwaves and detecting emotion and facial expression, as well as intuiting conscious thoughts – and the desktop MakerBot 3D printer. Users are shown design elements on a screen while wearing the headset and – by reacting to what they see – they can guide the software to add or discard elements until the object resembles what they had in mind. When the headset is taken off, the final piece is sent to the printer. ThinkerThing has already successfully unveiled its first thought-up object – an orange monster created by founder George Laskowsky. Although a rudimentary way to create a physical object with only the mind, the startup has demonstrated that the technology already exists. With advances in neuroscience, the design process could be made more accurate.

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About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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2 Responses to ThinkerThing |3D Printed Thoughts

  1. this is both exciting and scary. I mean it is literaly able to read your thoughts, I can see someone who is really angry creating all sorts of weapons and stuff to do some harm. Far fetched I know but hey it could happen.

    • C. Rae White says:

      I agree, this will lead to some very strange stuff. Although, this is one of the most exciting technologies to come along. This will democratize product manufacturing and give regular folks/creatives the ability to more easily become entrepreneurs.

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