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You Can Now Control Google Glass With Your Mind

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Love it or hate it, Google Glass is still around and kicking. For those of you happy enough to plunk down a hefty $1,500 to acquire the status of über nerd, you’re aware that the main way to navigate the Glass interface is through the touch sensitive panel on the side. But now with the creation of the MindRDR (pronounced “mind reader”) application by a London company called ThisPlace, you could start controlling some functions with your brain waves alone. You’ll first have to purchase a Neurosky MindWave Mobile headset and connect it to your Glass. After you’ve downloaded the free app, you’ll eventually learn how to take pictures and share them without so much as touching a single thing. Yes, it’s limited to picture taking and sharing at the moment, but the company is working on developing the software to allow you to do more. Limited as it is, it’s still pretty impressive.

Of course this setup also means you’ll be seen walking around with not only the nerdiest set of glasses on the planet, but with a mind reading headset as well. If there were a crown given out to the alpha nerds of this planet, you’d be wearing it proudly. And we, my friend, salute you.

[ MindRDR ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Drive With Google Glass On Your Face, And Get A Ticket

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Cecilia Abadie was stopped for speeding last Tuesday in California. When the officer approached her, he noticed she was wearing Google Glasses and decided to add a second offence to her ticket: driving while looking at a monitor. Driving laws vary by state, and the specific statue allegedly broken by Ms. Abadie is V C 27602 which is usually reserved for people who watch movies while driving. It does make exceptions for GPS devices, and screens that help the driver navigate the road. A monitor can also be allowed if there are safety features that disable the video feed while driving. The problem is the law is broad enough that she may end up having a hard time fighting it in court.

It is the first time the device is specifically targeted in such a ticket. Google Glass is new technology and there are still no clear laws specifically targeting its use, while the still low number of wearers mean that there hasn’t been much pressure to legislate it yet. Obviously for us, we think that using Glass is much safer than even looking at a GPS screen, though if it is possible to enable a video feature while traveling above a certain speed, Ms. Abadie may be in trouble.

What do you guys think? Potentially distracting tech while driving? Or money hungry police departments looking for every opportunity to make a dime?

VIA [ CNN ]

Wanna Take Closeup Shots With Google Glass? Prepare To Look Stupid

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One of the most popular features of Google Glass is its ability to take a picture at a moment’s notice. You never have to miss that perfect picture while you fumble for your phone and try to get the camera application started; just say the words “Glass, take a picture” (or even perhaps one day just wink) and it’s done. And that’s all fine and dandy of course as long as you’re taking shots from a reasonable distance. But if you’re in an artistic mood and decide you want to go in for the closeup shot, or the “creative angle” shot… you’re going to look pretty darn strange in the process. How strange? Just watch the hilarious video below for an idea.

VIA [ DVice ]

How Could Google Glass Help You Out During A Date?

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Google Glass isn’t even really available to consumers yet (unless you’re a developer with a great idea and $1,500 burning a hole in your pocket), but it hasn’t stopped creative minds with fertile imaginations to conjure up potential uses. In the hilarious video below, we see how the futuristic glasses could help you out during a date. From allowing you to Google them on the fly to give you a leg up on their likes and dislikes, to providing you with entertainment as they drift off into boring talk of politics, the glasses are there to save the day.

Granted the imagined uses are very far off from how the device actually works, but the fact that videos like this are cropping up now show that if Google Glass takes off, there’s going to be an adjustment period where people have to figure out just how to act and react to their presence in civilized society. Already some bars are talking about banning them, while some lawmakers in Wrest Virginia are proposing legislation prohibiting their use while driving. There’s a long road ahead for the search giant’s latest project, and it’s going to be interesting to see if this turns into a Gmail-like success, or a Google Wave-like failure.

In the meantime, why not watch the video? It’s pretty funny.

VIA [ Coolpile ]

Google Ass: Strap It to Your Butt–Because That’s How Conan Likes It

Conan O’Brien is back with more of his hilarious antics, and this time, he’s got Google Glass in his sights. In case you haven’t heard of it yet (although it’s highly probably that you already have, considering how much media attention it’s gotten lately), Google Glass is a revolutionary piece of eyewear that integrates camera, maps, translator, messenger, and Siri-like functionalities into a compact and wearable accessory. Just think of it as the glasses you’ve always wanted to have, but, well, never did.

Because he’s bitter that he wasn’t chosen to be an Explorer (that’s Google-speak for beta tester), he’s come up with a parody product called Google Ass that you’re supposed to strap to your butt. Nah, I’m just kidding… Conan came up with this fake product because it’s funny, and after watching his short clip featuring his faux revolutionary ass-wear, you’ll be nodding in agreement.

VIA [ Cnet ]