Mind-controlled app calls your friends with the power of thought

Mind-controlled app calls your friends with the power of thought

An app for the Nokia N900’s Maemo platform has emerged that claims to be able to dial a contact using only the power of thought.

ThinkContacts is designed to allow a “Motor disabled person to make a phone call to a desired contact by himself/herself”. Requiring a special headset to read users’ brainwaves, it uses brain activity to determine which of three contacts on the screen the user wants to call.

While the app is looking quite basic at present, the project’s wiki at Forum Nokia only opened six days ago meaning this is likely to be an early-stage project. The wiki describes how the app works:

“The user controls the selection of the desired contact by controlling his/her level of meditation and attention. If the user’s level of attention is higher than 70% the software switches to the next contact in the list, if it is lower than 30% the software switches to the previous, otherwise the current contact will not be switched. If the user’s meditation level is higher than 80%, the software makes a phone call to the contact located at the center of the screen.”

This is fascinating stuff and it points to an interesting future for mobile user interfaces. See the app demonstrated in the video below.

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