With This App and Gadget, Google Glass Can Read Your Mind

A London-based startup has created an app that lets users take pictures simply by concentrating.

Created by design studio This Place, MindRDR uses both Google Glass and a brain activity-monitoring device to take photos and then post them to social media without ever touching a screen.

The brain activity device — known as the Neurosky EEG biosensor — tracks the kind of neural patterns the brain exhibits when it’s focusing on something. MindRDR then translates those patterns into actions — telling Glass to take a photo and then post it, all powered by thought.

As cool as the technology is for everyday users, MindRDR’s creators say it could allow people without the ability to speak to more fully engage with the world.

“Google Glass is one of the world’s most recognizable and popular pieces of wearable technology, but after getting our hands on it, we saw huge potential to incorporate EEG technology so it benefits the wider society,” Dusan Hamlin, CEO of This Place, said in a statement. “We wanted to realize the true potential of Glass by allowing users to control it with their minds.”

The MindRDR app is free, but Glass and the biosensor together cost $1,838. The app is available for download on This Place’s GitHub page.

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