Technology Brainflight: aircraft control the power of thought


Controlling the power of thought

The prospect of being a passenger on an airplane, which is controlled by the power of the pilot’s thoughts, for many will seem fantastic and, to put it mildly, a little attractive. However, experiments conducted by scientists are beginning to turn science fiction into reality.

Within the Brainflight project , which involves Tekever, Eagle Science, the Champalimaud Foundation and the Munich Technical University, a computer is being developed with an interface that interacts with the human brain. During the presentation in Lisbon, the researchers demonstrated a helmet with sensors that measure electromagnetic waves in the brain during the control of an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Controlling the power of thought

The software converts these signals into drone control commands. Experiments showed that the operator, without touching the control panel, was able to lift it into the air, make maneuvers and then land. In fact, Brainflight technology is a synthesis of aviation engineering systems with neurophysiology.

Scientists hope that their research will help make the pilot’s profession accessible even for people with disabilities, and the technology developed by them can be used to manage other modes of transport.

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