What are you thinking right now about Google Glass?

Voice-controlled technology is so, oh, early 2014.

Why rely on your vocal cords and mouth to ask Google Glass to snap a photo when a new attachment from a London start-up will let you do it through mind control?

According to a post on BBC.com, the clever folks at This Place say they’ve come up with a way to combine the smart glass from Google with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, enabling the user to take a picture without moving a muscle.

Except for your brain muscle, of course.

The software, which Google has not approved, could be used for things like surgery to minimize the use of hands, voice and other outdated parts of our bodies.

It has released the MindRDR software for free in the hope that developers will adapt it for other uses.

Google made it clear that it does not support the app.

“Google Glass cannot read your mind,” a spokeswoman told the BBC.

 

Here’s how it supposedly works:

An EEG headset can be used to measure when certain parts of the brain show a greater level of activity.

In this case, the MindRDR software monitors when the wearer engages in high levels of concentration.

Within Google Glass’s “screen” – a small window that appears in the corner of the wearer’s right eye – a white horizontal line is shown.

As a user concentrates, the white line rises up the screen. Once it reaches the top, a picture is taken using Glass’s inbuilt camera.

Virtual piece of cake, right?

The report says that that same mind-reading process can then be employed to post that photo to Facebook or other social-media sites. For now, though, users will have to rely on their voices, saying “OK, Glass, take a picture.” Or, with the even more primeval means of using your finger to tap on the side of the device.

Borrrrrr-ing.

By the way, the folks over at techradar.com tried out the mind-reader. Check out their story about what happened. (Or just THINK really hard and it’ll come to you.)

 

Photo of Google Glass from Associated Press archives

Patrick May Patrick May (313 Posts)

With more than 30 years on the front line of daily American journalism, I'm currently a staff writer with the San Jose Mercury News, covering Apple and writing people-centric business stories from Silicon Valley.