Mind Controlled Virtual Helicopter

Guest_Jim_* - November 2, 2011 05:40PM in Science & Technology

Researchers are reporting their success in creating a system to enable a person to control a virtual helicopter with only their mind. Using a cap with electrodes to read the electrical signals within a person’s brain, the data is interpreted by software to the motions of a helicopter in a flight simulator. The specific areas of the brain are associated with physical movement and, after some practice to learn what thought triggers what movements, the test subjects were able to successfully guide the helicopter through rings 85% of the time. This research shows the ability to control objects in three dimensional space with only the mind, which is needed for potential prosthetic limbs that connect to the brain.