After being allocated in France by Leclerc Drive, The Place, a start-up in London, is once again talking about connected glass. The company has developed software that adds a possible new control to Google Glass. For now, the functions are limited, but the possibilities are much wider than for launch.
It is good to talk with his glasses, it is better to control them without saying a word. That’s why The Place has released its open source software MindRDR. to check out the most famous glasses of the moment. The software responds to information sent by a device that must be connected to Google Glass and measures brain waves. Right now it’s not about complex, straight thoughts, it’s about focus. The sensor will then observe an increase in brain activity. and bring a frame to take the picture.
In it, the user will see a white line that will rise as he concentrates. The photo will be taken when the line reaches the top of the screen. Concentrating again, he can post the photo on a previously configured social network.
If The Place argues that talking in public with Google Glass can be problematic, the startup’s ambition is far more medically focused. On the part of the doctors, the proposition “Glasses can be used in cases of great pressure or when the hands are not free, such as during surgery”, as in the patient’s side, for people with movement problems or even lock-in syndrome.
If the intentions seemed laudable, Google wanted to confirm its disagreement with the project. The manufacturer’s reactions are undecided.
On the one hand, a spokesperson declared that “Google Glass couldn’t read minds,” and we see Google’s desire to defuse future attacks. Indeed, high-tech glasses have been the subject of many Big Brother scares or piracy-related fears. Stepping back here allows Google to show a sense of restraint. On the other hand, Google is perhaps (probably?) developing its own apps of this type and explains that they refuse to publish the software on the app store.
Either way, the project is exciting and raises more questions over the coming decades about the increasingly blurred boundary between man and machine, particularly in the interaction it will establish with machine. Beyond the moral question, the feeling of entering a new era is fascinating.