Hackers use Siri with mind control (may be bogus)

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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26 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

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

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

3. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

see, now thats revolutionary

4. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

5. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

AWESOME! I want one!

6. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

So damn cool!

7. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 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 !

9. nanozander

Posts: 97; Member since: Oct 19, 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..

11. Azure01

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Lol that you considered anything else besides the latter.

15. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 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...."

10. rycx365

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

This is DEFINITELY the future

12. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 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

13. Kease

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

16. saiful10

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

Is it really work?

25. smartestphone

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

it is really works! :D

17. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

So this is fake?

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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*

19. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

at the bottom with the video I had my doubts on that one

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

glares back STARING CONTEST! :)

20. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

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

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

24. Kease

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

I knew it.

26. gabrielbenta

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

freakin unbelievable!

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