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Control Google Glass With Just Your Mind

10/07/2014 09:18 BST | Updated 10/07/2014 09:59 BST

Google Glass can now be controlled with your thoughts thanks to a futuristic new accessory called MindRDR.

The MindRDR allows you to take pictures, share and socialise on social media, all without moving your hands or saying a word.

And apparently even Professor Stephen Hawking is already interested.

The tech works by taking a commercially available Neurosky MindWave Mobile monitoring headband and then pairing it with Glass' open source operating system.

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Because Google's OS is so open, the company behind the MindRDR, This Place, were able to write a free downloadable app which communicates with the headband and turns thoughts into actions on Glass.

At the moment the headband is only able to detect four separate senses, which it can then translate into actions but This Place are confident that as the technology improves they'll be able to create an all-in-one Glass headset that can read all 18 senses that can currently be mapped in the brain.

That's not to say that the current version is practically stone-age, it's actually pretty advanced; every time a user makes a decision with their brain the app logs all the brainwave activity and sends it to This Place so they can map it and in turn learn, ultimately making the whole process far more accurate.

While the idea of controlling Glass without having to let anyone know will possibly have privacy advocates pulling their hair out, This Place isn't developing it for subversive means. Instead they're thinking about the possibke medical benefits, especially to people suffering from 'locked in' syndrome.

This Place say they are "already in conversations with Professor Stephen Hawking" and others about the medical benefits.

Chloe Kirton, creative director at This Place, said in a statement:

"While MindRDR’s current capabilities are limited to taking and sharing an image, the possibilities of Google Glass telekinesis are vast. In the future, MindRDR could give those with conditions like locked-in syndrome, severe multiple sclerosis or quadriplegia the opportunity to interact with the wider world through wearable technology like Google Glass. This Place is already in conversations with Professor Stephen Hawking, amongst others, about the possibilities MindRDR could bring as the product evolves."