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Hackers use Siri with mind control (may be bogus)

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Hackers use Siri with mind control (may be bogus)
Let's face facts here, using your hands to control your smartphone was for suckers, so we got ourselves some voice commands. Well, it turns out voice commands are for suckers too, because it's all about mind control these days. A couple of hackers (and our new heroes) took a whole bunch of complicated looking equipment and put together a working demo of Siri used with thought commands.

The demo is obviously just that. It's a proof-of-concept video showing two guys, Josh and Graham, who are part of Project Black Mirror, which has also created a mind controlled game for iOS in another really cool demo video. The guys say that they've been able to save around "25 reliable patterns" of thought and match them to certain Siri commands like calling someone, sending a text, or making an appointment. Although, the video only shows a successful call initiated. 

Obviously, this technology is nowhere near ready for prime time as it requires quite a bit of tech, not to mention it has a pretty sizeable delay in initiating the thought command and seeing the result. Still, it's definitely a cool demo. 

UPDATE: Word has it this whole thing could very well be a fake. According to Greg Courville, the SpeakJet chip isn't hooked up properly. It's been placed sideways which means that setup would short “a number of critical pins together and would make it impossible to use”. Beyond that there is also no EEG amplifier which would make the whole project nearly impossible. Sorry guys, no mind reading just yet. 


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posted on 11 Nov 2011, 17:21 3

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Cool! If it's true then these guys need a new job pronto! And we need that in the form of a bt headset or something

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 17:42 1

2. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That is some darn good hackin'! I would buy an iPhone just to do that.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 19:51 2

8. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


gotta say, thats pretty cool.. lol. If they can find a way to fit that into a case like they do with the extra battery (and find a way to not have electrodes all over your head), they would sell a crap ton.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 17:56 3

3. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


see, now thats revolutionary

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 18:46 1

4. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


I wonder if they came up with the tech it used that novelty headset for PC that did the same. I remember watching a review of the headset on G4's AOTS when cod world at war was still popular.

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 18:58 1

5. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


AWESOME! I want one!

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 19:05 1

6. vishu9 (Posts: 247; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


So damn cool!

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 19:16 2

7. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


google or window hurry up and hire these guys!!!! dont let apple hire them and then sue the heck out of anyone that will have this concept !!! you know.. since the patent system is already broken ...you can patent a gesture and thats like retarded !

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 21:19 6

9. nanozander (Posts: 56; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Now lets see if apple will hire these geniuses or get their own enginers to coppy that idea and claim it as their own..

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 22:17 2

11. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Lol that you considered anything else besides the latter.

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 06:48 1

15. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


[iPhone 4 owner here] you bet Apple will steal the idea and say "This changes everything, again. Now you can think about it, and Siri will do it for you. This is the best iPhone ever...."

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 21:59 1

10. rycx365 (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


This is DEFINITELY the future

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 22:36 2

12. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


" Let's face facts here, using your hands to control your smartphone was for suckers, so we got ourselves some voice commands. Well, it turns out voice commands are for suckers too, "Jajjaja

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 23:01 1

13. Kease (Posts: 36; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 11:58 1

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5279; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Apples new business model - crowd-source new product ideas....

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 14:37

16. saiful10 (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


Is it really work?

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 21:42

25. smartestphone (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


it is really works! :D

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 21:06

17. JGuinan007 (Posts: 605; Member since: 19 May 2011)


So this is fake?

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 23:42 1

18. Sniggly (Posts: 6476; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I knew the second that I saw this title it was fake. You will never mind control your iPhone. Your iPhone will control you.

AND JUST SO THERE IS NO CONFUSION, disclaimer time:

THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THIS COMMENT WAS A JOKE.

*glares at anyone who dares take me seriously*

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 23:53

19. biophone (Posts: 1884; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I don't see an update in the article anywhere just in the title. sigh

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 08:06

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5326; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


at the bottom with the video

I had my doubts on that one

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 10:45

22. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


glares back

STARING CONTEST! :)

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 07:44

20. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Apple has already mind control in their products.
Look at the fans and marketing practices

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 10:46

23. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you know, you try to take something at face value for once and u get slapped for it. And you guys wonder why i always think there is more going on than what is presented to us.. lol

posted on 14 Nov 2011, 19:52

24. Kease (Posts: 36; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


I knew it.

posted on 28 Dec 2011, 16:55

26. gabrielbenta (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


freakin unbelievable!

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