Brain-Controlled Helicopter

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Brain-Controlled Helicopter

Postby carolynn » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:15 am

This is cool.


Brain-controlled helicopter takes mental concentration to new heights

A toy helicopter controlled by nothing but brainwaves could be available to the public just in time to hover under this year's Christmas tree.

Currently touted on crowd-funding website Kickstarter -- where it has already exceeded its pledge goal twice over -- the Orbit comes equipped with an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, capable of reading electrical activity along the scalp.

"As you focus your mind on something -- whether it be a math equation or the lyrics of a song -- your brain produces electric signals," explains Steve Cattelotti, CEO and co-founder of Puzzlebox, the San Francisco-based company behind the project.

"The headset monitors those signals and converts them into flight commands," he says.

From Kickstarter:

Puzzlebox Orbit is an educational toy that combines a brain-controlled helicopter with open hardware, software, and teaching materials.

We are building and selling this crazy new toy. Then we show everyone how we made it. We will sell finished, working, brain-controlled helicopters but also release guides and software for taking them apart to rebuild or customize. We will publish lessons on how mind-controlled devices actually work and how infrared signals steer the aircraft. We are testing a hypothesis that this form of cooperation can succeed commercially while aiding the pursuit of science and education.

It's amazing what new technologies are becoming available. There is a nice video on the kickstarter page if you are interested in learning more about mind-controlled flight.

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