After just getting used to the idea that you can have a wearable like Google Glass which has taken the world by storm at it futuristic technology, today sees the release of a new app that will allow you to control Google Glass with your mind!
It’s a worlds first app for Google Glass and it is by no means a small one. Launching in London today the London-based user company, This Place, has started to pave the way to a new way of living and communicating with the first of its applications MindRDR (pronounced Mindreader).
The app will be a free open source app that can be downloaded as of today which will bridge the gap between two wearable technologies; the Mindwave Mobile NeuroSky and Google Glass. With an interface that is designed for an all-natural experience, the app will allow the user to take pictures and then share the picture on Facebook or Twitter at a mere thought.
The user focuses on what they want to take a picture of and the Mindwave measures the thought process. The more that the user focus’ the higher the horizontal feedback line will go and once it reaches the top Google Glass will take the picture. After that if the picture is to be shared, on the next screen the user will need to focus again but if it is to be dismissed then the user can just relax.
Creative Director for This Place, Chloe Kirton, said: “It’s pretty magical when you have taken a picture and you have shared it, just by thinking.”
The Mindwave uses telekinetic data to be able to transfer the users thoughts into an act and then transfers that act to the device that it is connected to. Dusan Hamlin, founder and CEO of This Place, said: “Google Glass is one of the world’s most recognisable and popular pieces of wearable technology, but after getting our hands on it, the challenge of connecting it to brainwaves was one we could not resist. Currently, users either have to touch it or use voice commands, which are restrictive for some social situations and for users with disabilities. All we could think was: how can we make the user’s experience even better? We wanted to realise the true potential of Glass by allowing users to control it with their minds.”
Hamlin is very excited about the opportunities that this technology can mean in the future. Not only is it able to help people by doing things just at only a thought but is also being looked into as to how it can help medical personnel and people who suffer from Locked In Syndrome.
Mindwave is currently able to register four different senses within the mind but over the coming years This Place hopes to increase that number until it can fully interact with all 18 senses.
The Mindwave Mobile NeuroSky is already available with some app and mind focusing games from Amazon for only $99.99 (currently on sale in the UK for £79) as the Brainwave starter kit. Although the app is free of charge, you will need to have both pieces of equipment to go with it. However the three items that you will need are as follows:
NeuroSky Mindwave Mobile (About £71)
Google Glass ( £1,000)
Mind RDR (£0)
Its design took over 1,000 hours of development but it looks like it has all paid off. “While MindRDR’s current capabilities are limited to taking and sharing an image, the possibilities of Google Glass telekinesis are vast. In the future, MindRDR could give those with conditions like locked-in syndrome, severe multiple sclerosis or quadriplegia the opportunity to interact with the wider world through wearable technology like Google Glass. This Place is already in conversations with Professor Stephen Hawking, amongst others, about the possibilities MindRDR could bring as the product evolves.” Said Chloe Kirton.
Dusan Hamlin continued: “As a user experience company we’re constantly improving the way people interact with technology. Imagine a world where you can interact with wearable devices just by thinking about the content you want. That’s the world we’re building, and we’re just getting started.