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Mobile App Screens Calls With Brain Waves 40

alphadogg writes "A mobile app under development can filter phone calls and reroute them directly to voicemail by reading brain waves, cutting the need for users to press buttons on the smartphone screen. The app, called Good Times, is the brainchild of Ruggero Scorcioni, CEO and founder of Brainyno, who presented the technology at the AT&T Innovation Showcase in New York, where some of the company's top research projects were highlighted. The app analyzes brainwaves as a phone call comes in, and depending on a person's mental state, reroutes a call. Information about brain waves is collected by a headset and sent to the smartphone via a Bluetooth connection, after which the app uses algorithms to analyze the status of a brain." Of course, the user has to be wearing a headset to detect the brainwaves. The software's creator hopes such detection can someday be integrated into devices like Google Glass.
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Mobile App Screens Calls With Brain Waves

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  • Good luck! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mitreya ( 579078 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [ayertim]> on Friday April 05, 2013 @11:01AM (#43368485)

    Of course, the user has to be wearing a headset to detect the brainwaves. The software's creator hopes such detection can someday be integrated into devices like Google Glass.

    I cannot get voice-dial to work on my new phone. It seems to pick something random and unrelated to what I say.

    But I am sure a brain-wave detector will work seamlessly very soon.

  • "...I can screen your calls with my brain."

    • Screen calls? Eventually the app could answer and have the conversation we were going to have. Also there will be apps to make calls for us based on what we're thinking. If all goes well, these apps will call each other and have the entire conversation without us. I hope it is an interesting conversation!

      I wonder if they will get their own facebook accounts....

  • Yeah, OK. That's ONE target audience, but I think just a Bluetooth headset with this kinda capability would be more useful/profitable. Who wants to bet we won't see that kinda thing coming from China in the next 5 years?
  • Wait, wut?

    Someone alert the Whitehouse, Obama is all for brain mapping.

  • Good idea. (Score:4, Funny)

    by Cenan ( 1892902 ) on Friday April 05, 2013 @11:14AM (#43368625)

    I'm sure it's a super idea, transmitting your mental state over Bluetooth, what could possibly go wrong?

  • I'd rather push a button on the phone.

    "Sure I look stupid, but I didn't have to use my finger to route to you voicemail!"
  • by Destoo ( 530123 ) <> on Friday April 05, 2013 @11:33AM (#43368763) Homepage Journal

    A friend bought a set of brainwave sensing cat ears at Pax East two weeks ago.

    They worked so-so with him, but during the weekend we saw a girl with a set on who was reading. The ears WERE moving left and right as she was concentrating on the text.

    • So, what was she reading!?
    • As an owner of both the cat ears, and a neuroheadset made by a company called Emotive, I can say from firsthand experience that this sort of technology just isn't quite there yet. And in the case of using it to control things in a conscious manner, probably won't be for a long time. It's hard to rapidly change mental state, and it's often not a binary thing either. Add in the detection lag and even if I could consciously send the correct brainwaves to the thing it would still leave me sitting there wonderin

  • Just check the Terms of Service agreement box and you're good to go!

    What? You wanna read it first? Whatareya some kind of a nut?

  • Phone Vibrates

    Check Phone

    Out of State Area Code

    Reroutes Call to Ex Wife
  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Friday April 05, 2013 @11:54AM (#43368973) Journal
    For this technology to work the user should have some minimal detectable level of brain activity. So it is going to be totally useless to our congress critters and they would outlaw anything that is not personally useful to them.
  • If you hear of an app called Good Times, don't download or install it. It is a virus that will erase your hard drive and put your phone's processor into an nth-complexity infinite binary loop.
  • The software's creator hopes such detection can someday be integrated into devices like Google Glass

    so Google can helpfully sell the info on to advertisers about when you're in a maximally receptive/gullible brain state, and serve up ads at just the right times when you're subconsciously most vulnerable to propaganda.

  • *Incoming call*
    >> Brain state: focused, ignore call
    = Focusing on Call of Duty means one voicemail from wife who is angry when she gets home and oops I'm still playing COD instead of prepping dinner. Let's try another:

    *Incoming call*
    >> Brain state: loose, open minded, answers call
    = You're drunk and your boss called about the database spitting out strange errors on the QA env (and it's saturday) - but hey, you're willing to talk, you're wasted!

    Personally, I prefer to look at my phone, see who is c

  • Just wait for the follow-on products... "Want to know what the person you are calling really thinks of you? Buy this app!"
  • Oh man taking my phone out and hitting a button is so hard. If only I could get the same functionality by shaving my head, lubing it up a bit, sticking some pads to it, and then entering a hypnotic state.
  • Who needs an app to screen calls? Just turn off your phone!
  • Thank goodness!
    It was gettting to be Soooooo much work to press a button to answer or decide to do nothing to get it into voicemail....

    I am sure the occasional error from this will be much less stressful than having to choose to press a button or not :O


    whatever, I still use my vintage (that is correct for a 4 year old cell phone, right? not antique til next year..) flip phone. Got a good laugh yesterday when our salesman got a call on my line and said it sounds so much better than his smartphone!

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