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The app that can literally read your mind

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mindrdrTo state the obvious, here at Startacus we love don't have to be a mind reader to see that and if there's one particular area of advancement we like to keep a particularly eagle-like glare on, it's that of mobile technology. We don't pretend to be experts - in fact the ins and outs of such things often goes right over our heads, however you have to admit, this particular innovation is pretty darn impressive. London-based startup This Place have taken an amazed consumer electronics world by surprise with the recent release of their latest software innovation MindRDR - a technology which quite literally reads your mind.  

When used in conjunction with the much hitherto discussed Google Glass device and a electroencephalography (EEG) headset, the MindRDR software means users are able to take a picture of whatever they are seeing and post it to social media simply by thinking about it.

The free release of the software has conjured techno panic and unbridled joy in equal measure as some warn of the obvious threats to privacy and others herald the beginning of a new age of mobile user interface experience. We are going to cast no such epic aspersions...we just think it's rather nifty really!

Whilst the technology has been designed for use with the Google Glass device, Google has quite emphatically refused to endorse it in any way shape or form meaning that it won't be available for download through the Google Playstore marketplace. News which will be a disappointment to those of you with deep enough pockets to own a pair of the coveted high tech specs - and perhaps a window of opportunity for other mobile device developers looking to integrate the next big innovation into their flagship product.

The ins and outs (as we understand them)

The whole thing centres on the electroencephalography headset, that for obvious reasons is more commonly known as a EEG headset and can be used to record when different parts of the brain show a higher level of activity. In the case of the MindRDR software, the headset records when the wearer is in particularly deep concentration; when a certain level of concentration is reached, the technology prompts the device to take a picture (apparently this is quite tricky to get the hang of in the beginning but soon becomes a dawdle).

Check out this video in which 'This Place' CEO Dusan Hamlin and creative director Chloe Kirton demonstrate the software and signpost the possible future applications of it.

MindRDR- Software that reads your mind

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Published on: 15th July 2014

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