It’s probably not at all wise to stick a device that deals in 4G/LTE wavelengths near you’re your head – and we’re sure the designers can come up with a better design when this goes retail (if ever) – but the concept is sure interesting – an iPhone will take hands-free videos and pictures of the things a user is looking at, depending on the level of interest that the user has for the objects he or she is looking at. How does the iPhone know which ones to take pictures of? It measures your brainwave activity to figure out what are the things that interest you from the things you are looking at.
The Neurocam uses brainwave sensors to hook up with your smartphone camera. The prototype in the picture and in the video was demoed last week at Japan’s Human Sensing 2013 conference. The gadget gauges your interest on a scale of zero to 100, and if your brainwave readout tops 60, it’ll start to record video, eventually transforming the footage into five-second moving GIF images. In order to get the iPhone camera to eye-view, the smartphone connects to a headband which houses the brainwave sensor. Wearing the iPhone sideways, the Neurocam provides a prism so that the camera sensor is looking at what you’re looking at, and just the side of your head.
The gadget is in experimental stage at this point, and barring the smartphone falling off the side of the user’s head, it is a pretty interesting take on brainwave sensor technology. The Neurocam is the latest product to come from the Neurowear project, which already gave us the NekoMimi cat ears. As we have said beforehand, we’re really big fans of having all those radio waves near our head for an extended period of time. But this is all in development right now, and we hope the design changes for the better, and the safety of our brains as well.