Two guys under a group they call Project Black Mirror named Ollie & Josh have made a video of themselves controlling Apple’s Siri with thought processes. While it’s possible this video is a hoax, enough buzz has gone on about this feat that it could be that Siri just got a major brain wave upgrade that no one was expecting. The boys from Project Black Mirror seem to be pretty technical and talk you through the technical aspects of their brain wave reading hacks that transmit to the Siri personal assistant on the Apple iPhone 4s.
The video is available for everyone to watch on YouTube. Ollie and Josh have listed this information in the video to break down just what they did to make Siri read minds.
We’ve done this little demo so we can get some funding through kick starter. so we can get this to market !
Here’s how we did it !
1. ECG pads provide raw skin conductivity / electrical activity as analogue data (0-5v).
2. This is plugged into the Arduino board via 4 analogue inputs (no activity = 0v, high activity = 5v).
3. The Arduino has a program burnt to it’s EPROM chip that filters the signals.
4. Josh trained the program by thinking of the main Siri commands (“Call”, “Set”, “Diary” etc.) one at a time and the program where we captured the signature brain patterns they produce.
5. The program can detect the signature patterns that indicate a certain word is being thought of. The program will then wait for a natural ‘release’ in brain waves and assume the chain of commands is now complete and action is required.
6. The series of commands are fed to a SpeakJet speech synthesiser chip
7. The audio output of which simply plugs into the iPhone’s microphone jack.
So simple, we still can’t believe it really works
In addition to that, the guys from Project Black Mirror have revealed on their blog at ProjectBlackMirror.blogspot.com that they’ve received tons of email in their inbox. A lot of excitement about the potential of Siri being controlled by brain waves has got people hoping this hacking trick is real. On November 12th, 2011 Ollie and Josh posted, “WOW, we always knew this could be huge, But we didn’t think it would be this huge! I’ve just gotten up, ( lets just say we had one too many beers last night to celebrate the week) and my inbox had exploded! I will do my best to reply to as many of them as possible. … but right now I think I just need some coffee.”
The reason this Siri mind reading project was made public and put on YouTube was the dream of Ollie and Josh that they could get funding from Kick Starter. Kickstarter.com says on it’s website that its an organization that, “is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields. A new form of commerce and patronage. This is not about investment or lending. Project creators keep 100% ownership and control over their work. Instead, they offer products and experiences that are unique to each project.”
It may be only months before you’re controlling your smartphones with your thoughts and commands that you’re thinking. Ollie and Josh aren’t the only people working on thought-control technologies for tablets and smartphones. A company from Canada featured their new EEG headband device that hooks into an Apple iPad and allows you to play games by moving things with your mind. The company is called InteraXon and their video is from CES 2011 which you can also watch below.