Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) and neurofeedback systems are experiencing a context swap. Primarily used by medical research to help handicapped persons they now arouse a great deal of interest by the entertainment industry to engage non-handicapped. The project Ride Your Mind (RYM) links neuroscientific approaches with digital media art and experimental game design.
RYM is a concept for an artistic virtual reality game generated by neurofeedback using an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) or similar device to compute a playable visualisation of neurological signals collected by an Emotiv EEG BCI. This data will be processed using Unity3D, a 3D game engine software and interface manager well-suited for the desired playable data visualisation.
The Concept of RYM is based on a playful strategy for designing artistic games that is extracted from the history of hacking. Early hacks consisted of artistic and gameful content like algorithmic visualisations and interactive programs: that is, games. Hackers transformed computers from military devices to entertainment devices, which can be defined as the cradle of digital games and digital media art as well.