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MIT team creates mind-reading bike helmet

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UNDATED (WHDH) - It may sound like something out of science fiction, but thanks to minds at MIT, a new mind-reading bike helmet might be yours one day.

A team from MIT developed MindRider, a bike helmet that can monitor brain activity, and is running a Kickstarter campaign to get it to the market.

MindRider, according to the Kickstarter page, shows in real time how "rides, movement, and location engage your mind." The helmet works with an app which maps where the person felt stressed along the ride and when they felt peaceful. It can also track how engaged the rider was. This is all to provide insight into a riding experience and to make it safer.

"By mapping your community, you can really grow the safety and your own ridership in your town," said project leader Arlene Ducao.

The helmet has a soft sensor inside that measures brain signals. Users can then view their results on a color-coded interactive map.

If enough people use these helmets, that a point could be made, and, you know, actually increase safety in certain areas for cyclists," said bike rider Carl Wallace.

Some people are on a different wavelength, with concerns of privacy.

"I think it's totally creepy, people recording your brain waves in any circumstance," said one rider.

There's an early bird special available for people who donate $190 to the Kickstarter campaign, which ends on July 10. A helmet-only version is available for $70.

For more information on the MindRider and how to donate to the campaign, click here.

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