Has the 'thought' of controlling a helicopter simply by thinking about it crossed your mind? While some people may be pondering over such a mechanism certain Chinese researchers have actually made it possible!
Researchers at Zheijiang University in Hangzhou, China, released a video showing them control a helicopter with their thoughts!
The brain turns pilot in case of this helicopter. As it turns out, you only need to have a sound brain to operate this aptly named copter: FlyingBuddy2.
Surprisingly, nothing extraordinary has been used to assemble this amazing product. All that is required for the mind-controllable helicopter is a laptop, a Parrot AR Drone helicopter, EEG headset from Emotiv for assembling it and of course the software program developed by the researchers to operate it.
People living in Pittsburgh region can catch a glimpse of FlyingBuddy2 at the Ubicomp Conference, where the researchers are going to showcase it. The conference will be held from September 5-8.
Thought controlled technology
Thought-controlled technology is already blowing away minds and gaining attention. Certain mind-controlled board games are available at the moment for buying.
In distant future, mind-controllable video games will rule the roost, it is being speculated. The first hurdle in achieving the target has already been crossed as scientists developed a program to control movement of cursor with your thoughts way back in April 2011.
In fact, we are already in the middle of digital revolution as touchscreen smartphones have changed the way masses communicate. Quite significantly, Windows 8, which is the first touch-centric operating system and is slated to be released in October, will change the way people use their computers.
However, the thought controlled helicopter is quite spectacular by any standard and will lay the ground for even more path-breaking innovations in the near future. Get ready for the 'flight' to the future.