Innovation
MindRDR
Quick Facts
MindRDR is a platform that aims to empower people with severely limited motor control to use the web. It does so by allowing users to control digital devices with their mind. MindRDR started as an innovation and research project where we explored human interactions with new technologies. Upon launch, MindRDR was covered by media around the world including CNN, BBC, Channel 4 and Techcrunch.
  • 10 Days
  • Development, Experiments
  • Wearable Tech
Phase 1: Working with Google Glass

Recognising advances in EEG devices – which measure the electrical activity in your brain – and the leap forward in wearable tech that Google Glass presented, we decided to play and see what we could do through connecting them both via a smartphone app.

What started as an experiment quickly evolved into a working prototype that allows you to take photos with Glass and share them on Twitter and Facebook – with the power of your mind.

“Imagine a world where you can interact with a digital device just by thinking about the content you want – that's the world we are building.”
Dusan Hamlin, This Place CEO

Early competitor analysis and user testing showed us that MindRDR could really make a difference in helping people with conditions that severely affect their motor control, such as quadriplegia or locked-in syndrome. By allowing people to interact more fully with our increasingly digital world, we could provide a level of connection that has until now been difficult, if not impossible, for some to achieve.

Through further usability testing, we discovered that some people found it easier to use mind relaxation (meditation) to trigger a event than mind concentration (attention). So we gave them a choice at the start.

Phase 2: MindRDR TV

Realising that Glass was still quite a long way away from mass adoption, we shifted our focus to a bigger challenge – to create a smart TV interface that uses your mind as the remote control.

The first application of MindRDR TV was a collaboration with the BBC, creating an interface to control BBC iPlayer.

Working with the BBC

By introducing two visual scales in the interface, users are able to adjust their mental state to play and stop the BBC iPlayer application.

“Now you can control Google Glass with your mind”
Time Magazine
The Future

We have published MindRDR as open source software for anybody to pick up and develop further. Because of this, there are now over 150 individual MindRDR related projects across the world.

We continue to work with individuals and organisations to adapt MindRDR TV to new platforms and expand its functionality. If you are interested in working with us, or want to learn more about MindRDR TV, please contact us.

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