Researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis have made another giant leap in harnessing the true power of the mind.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Minneapolis have made another giant leap in harnessing the true power of the mind.
They’ve developed a device that allows people to control an object’s movements using nothing but their mind.
Well, their mind, an EEG cap, and a Wi-Fi equipped computer interface.
For the trials the object being used is a quadcopter, and testers have been trained to make it fly around the room in the direction of their choice.
When learning the mind-control ropes, participants took command of a virtual copter and navigated it through a computer mock-up of the U of M campus.
That way, they got used to how the processor was interpreting the brain pulses picked up by the 64-electrode cap.
Once they were pros in the digital realm, they moved onto the physical one, maneuvering the real quadcopter through an obstacle course of balloons.
Of course, the larger goal of the research isn’t about mastering the movements of toys.
The developers aspire to someday adapt the technology to devices that can assist individuals with disabilities.
They just chose a quadcopter for the trials because they thought it would be fun and a good way to keep the testers engaged.