When I visited Google and picked up my Glass last year, it felt like Santa Claus came early. I wore my Glass everywhere, and I only took it off to charge it. Even now, a year later, I am still just as enamored and fascinated with it as I was the first day.
I’ve seen firsthand that some people are nervous about the privacy issues surrounding Glass. To me, it’s a non-issue. The way I look at it, if you’re talking to someone who doesn’t respect your privacy, that person will violate it with or without Google Glass.
In the past, there’s always been a visual indicator on Glass if someone is taking your picture or recording video without your knowledge. Whether it’s a voice command, a tap on the touchpad, the bright light indicating a video is recording, or even a very deliberate wink (the wink required to take a picture is not a natural wink), there’s always been a visible sign…until now.
There’s a new open source application that allows people to connect their thoughts to Glass, thus controlling it with their minds. When I first learned about this, I thought it sounded gimmicky, but upon further research, I’ve discovered it’s a truly incredible marriage between mind control and wearable technology.
It’s called MindRDR, and it was developed by a company called This Place. By combining their headset with Glass, the app is able to pick up on the metrics in your mind, and apply those to Glass commands.
For example, you can take a picture and share it on Facebook, all with your mind (no physical or voice action needed). Obviously there are ground-breaking applications for this in the medical and health industries.
In addition to that though, this is a look ahead to where our world is headed. Like I said in an NPR interview a few months ago, in a decade from now we’ll all probably be mind-reading each other, but I’ll save that for another article.
You can click over to MindRDR to read all the geeky details about this new technology, you can watch the video below, or you can check out the MindRDR Press Release to learn more. If you click over to this post on Twitter, you’ll see a pic taken with someone’s mind. Wow, I can’t wait to try this firsthand!