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It sounds like something from the latest "Star Trek" flick: controlling computers with your mind. But a San Rafael, California-based company, The Other 90% Technologies, has released a computer hardware and software package that allows you to do just that.

MindDrive ($149.95) lets users move on-screen images, run computer programs and play video games through their thoughts. How does it work? Your thoughts produce bioelectric signals that can be measured through the skin; those signals are captured by the MindDrive device, a small sensor sleeve that fits on your finger. The sensor connects to an interface with specialized software that, in turn, plugs into PC-compatible computers and then reads and instantly transmits the user's thought signals into commands for software applications.

While at present the product is primarily used for entertainment purposes, the company sees myriad uses for the technology down the road. There are 10 games and software products available (ranging from $24.95 to $39.95) that let consumers compose music through their thoughts, partake in flight simulation, even decide if someone is telling a fib. As for future business applications, well, it's really up to your imagination.

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This article was originally published in the February 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Brain Power.

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