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  • 10 July 2014, 15:11

Google Glass Camera 'Controlled Using Mind'

A Google Glass app that claims to let people take photographs using their mind has been launched.

The free open-source MindRDR software has been developed by London firm This Place and lets users control the device using brainwaves alone.

It is the world's first telekinetic Google Glass app, and works in tandem with a biosensor headset which measures brainwaves.

Users are presented with a display showing a line that sits in the middle of the screen.

The line moves closer to the top of the screen the more users concentrate, and when it reaches the top Google Glass takes a photo.

A second screen is presented, where users must concentrate again to share it on social media.

This Place founder Dusan Hamlin said: "Currently, Google Glass users either have to touch it or use voice commands, which are restrictive for some social situations and for users with disabilities.

"We wanted to realise the true potential of Glass by allowing users to control it with their minds."

The capabilities of MindRDR are limited to taking and sharing images, but the creators hope that its uses could expand over time.

Creative director Chloe Kirton said This Place was "in conversation" with Professor Stephen Hawking about its potential.

Electroencephalography headsets, which measure the brain's activity, are available from around 70. Google Glass recently launched in the UK with a 1,000 price tag.

Google says the app has not been tested or approved by the company, and it will not be available through the official Glass app store.

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