MindRDR – Google Glass thought control

mindrdr neurosky google glassIs one piece of high tech faceware not enough? How about controlling Google Glass simply by thinking about it? Both of these can be sorted through the new MindRDR app.

Having Google Glass is ok (check out my review) but talking to the clever spectacles might (will) get you some funny looks and the alternative is to keep tapping the arm of Glass to get it to do stuff. Until now.

The free MindRDR app enables the Glass user to communicate with their high tech specs merely through thought. Granted, for this to work you’ll have to put another piece of tech on your head: the Neurosky EEG biosensor (priced at around £70), which measures brainwaves. Remember the Neurocam?

At the moment MindRDR allows the user to take a photo through Glass and then share it on Twitter or Facebook, all through the power of your mind.

How is this done?

In order to take a snap you have to concentrate until a horizontal line moves to the top of Glass’ display. After the photo has been captured, you have to do some more thinking to move the line to the top of the screen in order to share it. To discard the image and start again, you can simply relax and the line will drop to the bottom of the display.

That’s as far as it goes for now but Chloe Kirton, creative director at the app’s London-based developer This Place, says there’s much more to come:

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.

That actually makes more sense than sending more point of view pictures to social media. This Place is already in conversations with Professor Stephen Hawking about the future of its app.

MindRDR is available from today for free, and it’s open source which means developers can get hold of the code to tweak as they see fit.

Stay tuned for more telekinetic apps landing on Glass pretty soon. Maybe.