Believe it or not, a group of students at the University of Minnesota, lead by biomedical engineering professor Bin He, have built the world’s first mind-controlled quadcopter drone. The technique implemented is called electroencephalography, used to record brain waves. In the video, they navigate it around a gym, making the flying robot turn, rise, dip, and even sail through a ring. Continue reading to see more.

A number of statistical tests were used to calculate how each subject performed. A group of subjects also directed the quadcopter with a keyboard in a control experiment, allowing for a comparison between a standardised method and brain control.

‘In previous work we showed that humans could control a virtual helicopter using just their thoughts,’ said Professor He. ‘I initially intended to use a small helicopter for this real-life study; however, the quadcopter is more stable, smooth and has fewer safety concerns.’

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