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New Google Glass Add-On Makes Mind Control Real

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Google Glass wearers are getting one step closer to mind control, thanks to a new app called MindRDR (get it? mind reader). You'll need to buy the NeuroSky EEG sensor (a MindWave Mobile headset starts at $79.99) to pair with Glass, and you'll need to sideload the app from GitHub. This means wearing not just one, but two, oddly shaped headsets.

With the app, you can take a picture and send it to Facebook, just by concentrating or relaxing. In its current form, that is all you can do. In future iterations, the developers want to add more functionality. One example might be that you could start typing with your mind.

MindRDR app

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After you install the app, MindRDR can be opened by Glass if you say "Ok Google, mind reader." You'll need to pair the EEG sensor via Bluetooth with your Glass. You'll see a scale on the left and right sides of the screen and a horizontal line that moves up and down depending on how hard you're concentrating. The harder you're thinking, the higher the line goes.

If you're fully relaxed, the app will take a photo. Concentrate hard, and you can submit the last photo taken to Facebook. 

This Place, the team behind MindRDR, says it intends to use more advanced sensors that can read a wider spectrum of brainwaves to expand the app's functionality. With a more advanced sensor, such as those that use NeuroSky's ThinkGear module, the app can offer more capability by detecting different signals, such as attention, meditation and even eye blinks. Of course, you can already use Glass to take a picture with a wink.

The app is open source, so developers can take the code and improve it for a fuller experience. MindRDR's team says that, for now, it's focusing on enabling those that are motion-impaired. While the technology is intriguing, we don't see the average Joe taking to it. We'd fully expect to get more than a few weird looks when wearing the EEG-sensing headset along with Glass.

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    alextheblue , July 9, 2014 6:12 PM
    Terrible! This is one of those projects that needs to cook for another 5 years before you start charging money. On a related note, wearing Glass looks borderline silly as it is - wearing Glass and Neurosky at the same time looks ridiculous.
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    eklipz330 , July 9, 2014 7:24 PM
    "MindRDR (get it? mind reader)"

    my type of corny-ass joke
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    schwatzz , July 9, 2014 11:27 PM
    If you're a proponent of small government, this is the consequence. Corporations will step in and take hold and attempt to control you to fit their agenda, and you don't get to vote unless you're a shareholder.
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    sunflier , July 10, 2014 5:25 AM
    The harder you're thinking, the higher the line goes.

    I wonder when pushing while constipated if I'll accidently upload ALL my photos?
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    barneskd , July 10, 2014 7:43 AM
    Schwatzz, what are you talking about? No one is forcing you to buy Glass or MindRDR, neither of which are devices to "control you to fit their agenda." Are you aware that these devices provide interaction methods that help you control them and/or other devices, not the other way around?
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    dstarr3 , July 10, 2014 8:40 AM
    So, pretty soon, people will be able to take candid photos and upload them to the internet without even saying "Okay, Glass" first, and just do it completely silently and undetectably?

    There's some tech that we just don't need. Y'know, hooray this MindRDR kind of tech is making it mainstream, because people with particular handicaps can greatly benefit from this technology maturing. But, nobody wearing Glass needs this, and nobody needs Glass to begin with, and this is all giving people too much power that the public really shouldn't be trusted with.
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    Victor Weston , July 12, 2014 8:59 AM
    Google is making a Mind Machine Interface, They are going to hive mind us into the Borg I would highly suggest not doing this or else you will end up as a human Watson slave for them. Think about it why else would anyone want to make it unless they wanted to monopoloize the afterlife.
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    Victor Weston , July 12, 2014 9:03 AM
    The Warrior’s bland acronym, MMI, obscures the true horror of
    this monstrosity. Its inventors promise a new era of genius, but
    meanwhile unscrupulous power brokers use its forcible installation
    to violate the sanctity of unwilling human minds. They are
    creating their own private army of demons.
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