Chinese students have invented a device to turn book pages by blinking

  • Headband uses brain-sensing technology and sends digital signals to page-flipping gadget using Bluetooth
  • Inventors say it could make it easier for people with disabilities to read books
PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 November, 2018, 8:09pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 November, 2018, 8:53pm

University students in northeast China have invented a device that can turn the pages of a book with just the blink of an eye.

The invention, which uses brain-sensing technology, could make it easier for people with disabilities to read books in an “intelligent and humane” way, Qi Huanqiang, one of the students, told China News Service.

China’s budding inventor culture finds an improbable online hero

Qi demonstrated the device as part of an exhibition at Changchun University of Science and Technology on Wednesday, wearing a headband with a sensor that communicated with the gadget to turn a page in a book every time he blinked.

The team of five students are from the university’s electrical information and engineering school in the Jilin provincial capital and say they came up with the system in a week.

Qi said the headband detected brain waves and turned them into digital signals that were then sent to the page-flipping device using Bluetooth, according to the report.

He said it was inexpensive and could help a range of people including the elderly, conductors and pianists.

How a Hongkonger’s invention helped his father and others battle joint pain

It has also gained attention on Chinese social media, where there has been plenty of encouragement for the young inventors to take the gadget further.

But not everyone is on the same page. One person wrote on Weibo that the device could only go forward, but did not turn pages backwards. Another said: “I don’t think it’s practical. That means I can’t blink at all until I’ve finished reading a page.”