Head-Strapped Neurocam Snaps iPhone Photos Using Brainwaves

By Gerald Lynch on at

If you've ever dreamed of turning the world around you into a GIF animation with just a mere thought then, providing you wouldn't feel too conspicuous walking around with an iPhone strapped to your head, you now can thanks to a gadget called the Neurocam.

Knocking about in prototype form at Japan's Human Sensing 2013 conference, the Neurocam hooks an iPhone to the side of your head, attached to a brainwave sensor. When focussing your thoughts, the Neurocam will calculate the intensity of your brainwaves to a figure between 0 and 100 -- if it goes over 60, it'll assume you're focussing on something you're looking to capture, and will automatically begin recording footage to turn into a five-second GIF.

As it's sat on the side of your face, the Neurocam uses a periscope-like headband with a prism over the iPhone lens in order to capture what's happening ahead of you rather than to the side.

While the prospect of wearing a smartphone on your head all day probably isn't all that attractive, it's not much of a jump to imagine Google popping similar technology into future versions of its Glass headsets. [Diginfo via Engadget]