Drone technology and BCI (brain-computer interface) technology have been racing forward over the past several years and have now joined forces, so to speak. A study published in the Journal of Neural Engineering demonstrates that at least five humans/subjects can steer a quadcopter through some balloon hoops in a gym using only their thoughts.
Here’s the video:
The trick is just imagining movements and that’s awesome. 64 electrodes measure brain activity, then software recognizes occurring patterns and translates these patters into steering actions. Over time, everyone will be able to move stuff with just their brain. This is good news for people who can not speak or move; moving a wheelchair with just their thoughts can help them tremendously. Outside of the academic context a drone could be used to deliver a pizza. And maybe one day you could even make a drone get the pizza for you, by just imagining it. That might seem totally useless, but it’s also kind of cool.
This post was originally posted to the VINT blog. VINT (Vision – Inspiration – Navigation – Trends) is part of the SogetiLabs network of experts from Sogeti.