MindMaze wants to build the next-generation mind-machine interface. And today, it’s taking a step in that direction with the launch of Mask, a technology that can capture your facial expression and translate that to the face of a character in virtual reality.
It’s a surprisingly simple creation, as it consists of eight small sensors attached to a piece of foam that you insert into a virtual reality headset. It detects the electrical signals from your face muscles and then uses software to figure out what kind of face you are making, such as frowning, smiling, or squinting.
Tej Tadi, CEO of MindMaze, which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the company will license the solution — which costs in the tens of dollars — to VR companies that can deploy it sometime this year. The low cost solution is one reason MindMaze was able to raise $100 million in funding in a round by Indian-British conglomerate Hinduja in February.
“We’re capturing facial expressions and predicting what is being expressed,” Tadi said.