Mind-controlled copter works about as well as you'd expect

From Make, an experience trying the NeuroSky headset to control a copter with brain waves:

If launching virtual vehicles at people isn’t cool enough for you, Puzzlebox has developed a more physical manifestation of your mental might with their spherical helicopter Orbit. Through the power of concentration, the user can send the little drone into the air (or into a crowd of innocent bystanders as there isn’t any form of directional control).

As I learned in the short time I played with the Orbit (and throughout my years of formal education), trying really hard to concentrate is not effective at increasing your concentration levels. When I focused on listening to someone talk or reading a paragraph of text, however, the little guy jumped out of my hand. But then, the excitement of seeing it fly stole that concentration, sending it crashing to the ground. I’m sure with a little more practice I’ll be able to levitate it like a swamp-lodged X-Wing.

The Puzzlebox Orbit project is open source. They have an Instructable that shows you how to create and mind-control your own flyer. They launched a successful Kickstarter campaign the end of last year and from that has come this commercial product, which you can buy here.

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Comment by Crashpilot1000 on March 27, 2013 at 9:27pm

That reminds me of the OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator. I never could this thing to work properly. Perhaps i need blue hair for this...

Comment by Max on March 28, 2013 at 2:44pm

Just the fringe...

Comment by Carl La France on March 28, 2013 at 5:42pm

Reminds me of back in the day when I participated in a sleep  learning clinic. In the quest for something for nothing   "volunteers"  (Suckers!) each made a tape on a different subject and played it back softly through pillow speakers when each of the participants entered "Rem" sleep  after about a month we came to realize it was when we were playing the tape back in the morning and asking the subjects if the remembered some thing that was when we were actually getting through to them . If only we had thought to die our hair Blue ? Hmmmm?????

Comment by Jack Crossfire on March 28, 2013 at 6:39pm

So in Neurosky's 16th round of venture capital, they finally started shaving users heads & it still didn't work.

Comment by Carl La France on March 29, 2013 at 3:41am

It should be banned from  Physic Fairs for safety reasons 


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