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article imageA remote-controlled helicopter powered by human thought

By Saunon Malek     Jun 9, 2013 in Technology
Earlier this week, a remote-controlled helicopter was flown through a college gym in Minnesota, navigated by the human brain.
Science Daily reported that a study was conducted at the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, lead by Professor Bin He, with the ends of powering a quad-copter with thoughts of the brain.
The experiment, involved the quad-copter, or a helicopter with four blades, foam rings, five subjects, as well as a cap fitting 64 electrodes, which measured the signals from the subject’s brain.
Each subject was faced away from the helicopter, and was placed in front of a screen which showed the helicopter in flight. Next, they were told to use their left and right hands and both together, to either direct the quad-copter right, left, or raise it up or down. The cap would measure the brain signals and send them to the helicopter via WiFi, thus changing its direction.
Professor Bin He said: "Our study shows that for the first time, humans are able to control the flight of flying robots using just their thoughts, sensed from noninvasive brain waves." He further announced, "Our next goal is to control robotic arms using noninvasive brain wave signals, with the eventual goal of developing brain-computer interfaces that aid patients with disabilities or neurodegenerative disorders."
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