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Control Google Glass with your mind?

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Only very recently did we report on the possibilities of mind control, and now it’s just been revealed that it’s possible to control Google Glass using nothing but the awesome power of your brainwaves.

How has Google done this?

Well, it hasn’t, it’s the result of a software hack by London-based start-up This Place, combined with an EEG (electroencephalography, but let’s stick with EEG) headset. Google has made it clear that it does not support the app, telling the BBC: “Google Glass cannot read your mind. We have not reviewed, nor approved, the app so it won’t be available in the Glass app store.” Google did however also note that it’s “always interested” in new applications.

So how does it work?

An EEG headset, such as Neurosky’s EEG biosensor headset, measures when certain parts of the brain show greater levels of activity due to concentration. The MindRDR open source software – the bit that This Place is responsible for – acts as a bridge between Glass and the headset, as Engadget says, “translating the brain activity from the EED biosensor into executable commands for the high-tech eyewear”.

Actual everyday application is more easily explained in the below video. The user concentrates to move the white line up Glass’s screen to snap a picture. Repeating the process will post the image to Facebook. And there you have it, a very limited version of telekinesis. In the future, the app’s creator’s hope, the software could be of huge help to those with disabilities involving restricted movement.

How do I get this?

This Place has released the MindRDR software for free in the hope that devs will adapt it for various uses, but you’ll still need to buy a pair of Google Glass specs, which don’t come cheap, and a headset, which will set you back around $130.

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