Thought controlled helicopter unveiled

Designers at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine have developed a way of controlling a radio controlled helicopter using the mind.

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The technique involves the user wearing a non-invasive cap and thinking of movements – for example the thoughts involved in making the left hand into a fist tell the helicopter to turn left.

The cap uses 64 electrodes to detect signals in the brain, it must be ‘thought’ the signals for each user but can then recognise the thoughts in the future.

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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