If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind.
Well, it’s significantly less dramatic than that. Glass won’t be googling your every thought or even snapping photos without concerted effort…yet.
The new application, called MindRDR, uses an EEG headset attachment to measure brain activity, but right now the only options are for taking and sharing photos. And while the software is open-source, the NeuroSky Mindwave headset it works with will set you back $100 on top of Google Glass’s hefty $1,500 price tag.
Still, the software is compelling and employs a technology usually relegated to video games and medical technology. Whereas typically Glass relies on verbal commands, MindRDR reads brainwaves. As the video demonstration shows, with the proper amount of concentration, users can focus on raising a line towards their desired outcome without even a word.
These developments are helpful for two user groups. First, for those users who already find Google Glass to be obtrusive, removing the speaking commands might make for an added incentive. However, the EEG attachment is fairly noticeable itself. You’ll probably look just as conspicuous wearing it as you would talking to a pair of glasses. Secondly, for those with limited mobility—think, in the most extreme case, someone with locked-in syndrome—every progression in the technology holds the promise of more control over daily life.
In general, this device emerges as wearable tech (computerized widgets on the self) grows not only in popularity but in reach. While health monitors read heart beats per minute, calories burned, and sleep patterns, this mind-reading device promises the further computerization of the inner self.
“Google Glass hack allows brainwave control,” Dave Lee, BBC.