July 23, 2014 | cameras, video technology |

Use Brain Waves To Take Pictures

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.

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