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MindRDR demonstrates how thought alone could control Google Glass [Video]


It sounds like a pretty cool idea right there, but for those with medical conditions that don’t allow them to control Glass by voice or touch – such as those with locked-in syndrome – this could change their lives.

Engadget reports that UK company This Place has created the MindRDR app to enable a Glass user who’s also wearing a head-mounted EEG sensor to take a photo and upload it to Facebook or Twitter by pure thought control.

It’s essentially a proof of concept at this stage, with only one form of measurement: concentration.

MindRDR shows up as a thin white line on Glass’s screen, which moves upwards the more the user concentrates. Once that line reaches the very top, it snaps a picture of whatever you want – you simply need to repeat the process to upload the image to a social network …

The video shows what it looks like from the user’s perspective:

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By making the software open-source and uploading it to GitHub, the company hopes that other developers will be inspired to run with the idea and add greater functionality.

If you want to compile and use this code you’ll need Google Glass, a MindWave Mobile device and a Twitter dev account to add app key/secret + consumer key/secret. This code is only meant for reference purposes at the moment. It relies on Twitter application settings, web services and bespoke UI.

The technology is clearly at a very early stage, but I really hope developers respond to the challenge. If any of you do, please let us know.

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