Google Glass has a lot of potential for helping paralyzed people get a good dose of independence in their lives. The device doesn’t really require hands to operate, instead taking orders via voice commands. There is even talk of advanced eye tracking capabilities that may be introduced to Glass to make it responsive in new ways to its users. But now, a company called This Place Ltd. has introduced a somewhat unexpected capability for Google Glass of using a person’s brainwaves to control its functionality.
The MindRDR is an open-source app that provides an interface between the already available NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset and the software within Google Glass. Currently, the only real capability of the system is to use one’s mental focus to take a picture of the scene in front of Google Glass, but the app can be made to trigger and control different functions. We can also envision the system interfacing with other hardware such as wheelchairs, televisions, and maybe even self driving cars to let just about anyone with serious disability to be able to do things they wouldn’t otherwise be able to on their own.
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(hat tip: Engadget)