Watch World’s First Brain-Controlled Drone Race

Posted: Apr 26 2016, 5:36am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 26 2016, 5:56am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Watch World’s First Brain-Controlled Drone Race Held by University of Florida

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University of Florida enacts First Brain-Powered Drone Race.

The art of drone racing has taken on a whole new dimension. The drone racing community has its diversity and so brain-powered drone racing is the new kid on the block.

Brain-computer interface (BCI) technology isn’t something new. Yet the technology is still in its infancy. It has progressed to the level where patients suffering from paralysis have managed to control prosthetic limbs using this technology. However, using BCI technology to connect your brain to a drone seems to be the stuff of which dreams are made of.

The previous week just such a thing happened. The University of Florida was the venue for this exploration into the possible. BCI software was utilized to fly DJI Phantom drones.

Although the drones didn’t zip past the onlooker, they were flown down a 10 yard course. While this sort of racing is not what a real race looks like, the fact that it is all brain-controlled lends it a magical meaning.

Technology in its final stages almost looks like magic. Pilots wore EEG headsets that were finetuned to their respective brains. As they thought about pushing something forward or stopping something, neuronal activity was picked up and delivered electrically to a machine that controlled the drones. The result was that it almost looked like these pilots were flying the drones using their brain power.

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