Kennesaw State’s “Aha” Moment: Control Google Glass By Thinking

The great thing about technology is that it can change people’s lives. Google Glass is no…

Georgia (Jul 30, 2014) — The great thing about technology is that it can change people’s lives. Google Glass is no exception. Where Glass really has potential is in the lives of people with disabilities. Stories like those of Tammie Van Sant and Alex Blaszczuk show how Glass can give people some of their independence back. Through Glass’s voice commands, they are now able to take pictures, search the internet, and communicate with love ones without someone else’s help.


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However, the capabilities of Glass through speech are still limited. That is where Kennesaw State University’s BrainLab comes in. They are working on a brain-computer interface (BCI) system that will allow people to control Glass just by thinking. From what I can tell, it basically reads a spike in a certain brainwave when the user wants to select a choice that is in front of them. They call it the ‘aha’ response. BrainLab Executive Director Adriane Randolph describes it this way:

With this “aha” response, we are instead able to overlay several different commands to control Glass. Thus, a user will be able to control more than taking a picture but instead access all of the functionality of Glass.

How well the system works and whether it ever makes it out to market is yet to be seen, but the potential of such a system to change people’s lives is enormous.

Read more about the KSU BrainLab research at KSU BrainLab Develops BCI for Google Glass, Aims to Improve the Quality of Life for Locked-in People.


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