The small camera in Google Glass can take a picture either by a voice command or by touching the glasses. A software company called This Place wondered if the camera could be activated by mind control. Scientists have begun harnessing electrical waves generated by the brain to control prosthetic arms and legs, wheelchairs and more. So the concept is not far-fetched. The electroencephalograph (EEG) was invented in about 1924. EEG is the measurement and recording of electrical activity in the brain. EEG biosensors have been around for decades, but until recently they were very expensive. A Silicon Valley company called Neurosky sells EEG biosensors, some for as little as $79.99 from Amazon.com.
They also offer a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile BrainWave Starter Kit.
A London software firm has developed MindRDR, an app that allows Google Glass to connect to a biosensor capable of detecting brain waves. While not yet commercially available, the app appears to work fairly easily. The requirements include an $80-dollar headset, some software and a pair of Google Glasses.
As you can see in the video above, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer took a photo of her video cameraman using just her mind.
I wonder if the video version will also make cutaways and insert shots in addition to the primary shot. Now that we have drone-carrying lights hands-off filmmaking may be just around the corner.
I've written a lot about quadcopters, most notably Quadcopters, Cameras, and the Law. Today, some fool didn't obey the law, common sense or common decency. Monday evening a quadcopter took off from a high-rise terrace in mid-town Manhattan during evening rush hour. It flew 300 to 400 ft in the air past luxury apartment buildings as well as business buildings. 3 minutes later it crashed in the street nearly clipping a businessman.Read More
Slow motion makes nearly everything look better. Apple’s new iPhone 5s can do something no other smart phone cannot do – shoot 120 fps. The Canon 7D, the Panasonic GH3 and G5, Sony NEX 5, 6, 7, as well as my own Sony Ea50 all shoot 50p/60p. Straight out of the camera it looks pretty […]Read More
Below is an example of Google Earth in a business video, in this case a real estate tour (just the first 40 seconds). The cloud footage is not Google, simply stock footage. Google Earth can create powerful HD videos of virtual trips anywhere around the world. What business client would not want a fly in […]Read More
The New York Times and Google gave away over a million virtual reality headsets. They also presented a virtual reality documentary.Read More