If you’ve ever wished you could just think objects into existence and skip all that design and development work, now you can.

Thinker Thing is an Chilean company that aims “to create the software to interface the latest neuro-technological equipment with the latest in 3D printing machines to literally make objects with the power of thought.” Sounds far-fetched, but Thinker Thing creators have already done so to make a small toy-like arm. Here’s how it works.

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First, users start by donning an Emotiv EPOC headset that uses an array of sensors to measure electrical signals in the brain that are associated with feelings and expressions. Next, Thinker Thing software shows users a series of basic, on-screen shapes. As those shapes begin to mutate and evolve, users can approve or disapprove each change according to the object they have in their mind. The EPOC headset transmits these thoughts to the system, which eventually whittles the user’s idea into a design that can be 3D printed.

“Our software will allow the user to evolve 3D models with the power of thought which will then be created in ABS plastic using a MakerBot Industries Replicator, the latest in desktop 3D printing,” explains the company’s website.

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To bring their child-like sense of creation to broader audiences, Thinker Thing is even taking their show on the road. The Chilean government has funded a traveling art exhibition called “The Fantastical Mind Creatures of Chile.” Children from across the country will get the opportunity to create creatures from their imaginations and potentially have them displayed in galleries. Check out a promo video for the project here.


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