(CBS SF) — It may seem like something straight out of a science fiction novel, but a London-based company is taking advantage of Google Glass’ capabilities with a new thought-control navigation app.

This Place, a design and digital innovation studio, combined the wearable technology of Google Glass with an electroencephalography (EEG) sensor built by NeuroSky in San Jose. With the device on, users can take pictures and post them to Twitter or Facebook by using the powers of concentration. No hands or voice are needed.

“[It’s] reading your levels of brain waves and interpreting it as a level of concentration. We’re then taking that output and using it to control the Google Glass,” said Chloe Kirton, Creative Director of This Place.

The goal is to concentrate on anything, then move the bar on the Google Glass viewfinder to the top of the screen to take a picture. The more a user concentrates, the higher the bar goes.

“If this is the first experiment we have into thought-controlled navigation that would be really exciting,” Kirton said. “The idea that you no longer need to touch buttons on your phone, that you just think is pretty cool.”

The developers have made the code available to anyone who wants to take a look.




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