‘MindRDR’ Google Glass App that reads Mind in realtime

MindRDR connects Google Glass with a device to monitor brain activity, allowing users to take pictures and socialise them on Twitter or Facebook. No physical interaction required.

Once a user has decided to share an image, we analyse their brain data and provide an evaluation of their ability to control the interface with their mind. This information is attached to every shared image.

The world’s first Google Glass application that enables people to control the wearable device using their mind has been launched today. Developed by London-based user experience company This Place, MindRDR is a new free open source application which bridges the Neurosky EEG biosensor and Google Glass. It allows users to take photos and share them on Twitter and Facebook by simply using brainwaves alone.

Future applications for the technology include enabling people with conditions like locked-in syndrome, severe multiple sclerosis or quadriplegia to interact with the wider world through wearable technology like Google Glass MindRDR enables the Neurosky EEG biosensor – which measures brainwaves to translate brain activity into action – to communicate with Google Glass directly. This allows users to control actions on the device by simply concentrating and relaxing.

The current version of MindRDR uses commercially available brain monitor Neurosky MindWave Mobile to extract core metrics from the mind. These are expressed as Meditation and Attention levels.

We use these values to build up session information that charts your concentration levels over time. Using this information, we present scores and and accompanying detail about your performance during the session with fun emojis.

Your Average Attention is a good indicator as to how active your brain has been throughout the MindRDR session. An excessively low level isn’t great for for maintaining focus over extended periods.

Score

Emoji

Description

1 You think like a fish. Your attention appears to be limited to a very small timeframe and you may even forget why you are reading this now.
2 These are your eyes. They tend to move quickly from one thing to another. Focus and concentration are not really your core skills. Stop looking up and finish reading this.
3 You are quite alert and able to focus on anything you put your mind to. You could probably focus and show attention to at least 30 seconds of daytime TV (on a good day).
4 Not suggesting there is anything abnormal, but you have very strong attention skills, you are pretty intense even with the most mundane tasks.
5 Hi! Hallo? Hola? erm… you are not normal in a … you know.. human way. You could be Extra Terrestrial. Your mind is off the scale when it comes to attention. You are blessed with the ability of laser beam focus – enjoy.

Meditation

This reading is kind of an indicator of how Zen you are. Do you perform tasks with an inner calmness or do you divert all your mental energy to the action at hand? Low scores might indicate you are unable to relax whilst higher scores could indicate you are just too chilled!

Score

Emoji

Description

1 Something MAY be interfering with your transcendental tendencies. Meditation is not your forte. Relax. Have some herbal tea. Stop partying so much?
2 Wake up, you clearly have some good meditative abilities. However, passing out is not really the same as meditation, you do need to be conscious. Try smelling ammonia or some salts and let’s start again. Try sleeping at night not during activities.
3 Looks like you know how to meditate. Good balanced approach, calm heart rate and focused energy. Occasionally this reading gets confused with laziness and apathy, we’re not 100% sure in this case, have you even bothered to read this?
4 Wow man! You have some far out meditation skills. You are at one with your natural surroundings – so organic it’s unreal. You are like a.. er…a mushroom.
5 Dude …are you still there? Seems like you have been meditating for eternity. You are so off the scale. No living person comes close to this level of serenity, peace and oneness with themselves. Dude? Say something?

 

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