London firm creates mind-controlled commands for Google Glass


Forget voice commands and touch gestures: A London firm has developed a way for Google Glass users to control their devices just by thinking..

This Place, an agency that specializes in creating user interfaces and experiences for programs used in the medical industry, developed a software called MindRDR that allows Google Glass to connect with the Neurosky MindWave Mobile EEG biosensor, a head-mounted device that can detect a person's brain waves.

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EEG stands for electroencephalography, which is the measurement and recording of electrical activity in the brain. EEG biosensors have been around for decades, but until recently they were very expensive. Neurosky is a Silicon Valley company that sells EEG biosensors, some for as little as $79.99 from

The system works by pairing the EEG biosensor with Google's $1,500 Glass device using Bluetooth. Once the connection has been made, the user fires up MindRDR, which takes what the EEG biosensor detects and converts it into commands that Glass can process.

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After turning on the app, users will see a camera interface on the screen of their Google Glass. They can then pick a subject, aim their head in its direction, and concentrate on it while Glass displays a meter showing the level of their brain waves. The more intently a user focuses, the higher the meter climbs until it reaches the top, triggering Glass' camera. By repeating the process, users can direct MindRDR to upload the photo to one of their social networks.

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The product assumes Glassholes have enough brain power to activate it, an idea still not proven by anyone. Google glass will be the cause of more public fist fights, especially in bars and clubs, than cheap tequila.


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