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.


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.

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