Image from Grover’s VR Tasting Event

Jessica Palmer is an interactive systems designer and artist based in Berlin. Originally from Toronto, she now works with experimental neuroscientists at Charité Hospital. With the lab, she designs and builds experiments for testing neurofeedback, and in her free time applies brain data to artistic projects in virtual reality.

Image from Grover’s VR Tasting Event

Grover invited Jessica to speak at our first VR meetup event in Berlin, and she presented information about using EEG data to affect virtual reality games, and shared many projects (including her own) which explore the possibilities for brain-computer interfaces in virtual reality. See some of her projects on her Newhive website and look for her at more Creative VR events in the future.

Image from Wizard Battle by Jessica Palmer

During her talk, Jessica told us about the tools you can use to record brain data, and some of these excellent experimental brain VR projects:

(On Wizard Battle) “This is a test of strength between friends. This kind of inspired me to work more with brain data and virtual reality because I really wanted people to be able to interact with each other in this way, and this really proved to me as a proof of concept that it’s totally possible, that brain data could be an augmentation thing, like in the horror game where the heart rate is controlling the effects, but neurofeedback could also be used as the only control, there are no other controls, there’s no game pad, there’s no motion sensors, it’s just brain data. This really proved to me that it’s possible to do this type of interaction.”

Image from Grover’s VR Tasting Event

(On the Glass Brain) “The more data that we collect about your personal brain, the more we can accurately represent your brain, even with less sensors. This isn’t like brain reading, we don’t know what you’re thinking about, but we know what parts of your brain are acting, so this can be used for medical purposes, but also just for looking super cool.”

Image from Grover’s VR Tasting Event

(On Psychic VR) “Psychic VR is exactly what it says on the can, so you get psychic powers, and this is using some neurofeedback mindfulness techniques, so the more concentrated you are, the more you can set fire to objects in the world, and you can also switch to a different mode where the more concentrated you are, the more you can fly in this world… so you don’t need that many sensors to do something super cool, like measure concentration.”

Check out her projects on New Hive like Wizard Battle and My Virtual Dream a multi-person VR experience and installation that is shaped by the brain waves of all the participants.

Want more crazy VR to feed your brain? Grover has the HTC Vive for €99,90 per month, or the Oculus Rift for €69,90 per month. Try them out or rent to own!