The prospect of being a passenger on an airplane, which is controlled by the power of the pilot's thought, for many will seem fantastic and, to put it mildly, not very attractive. However, experiments conducted by scientists are beginning to turn fiction into reality.
The Brainflight project, which involves Tekever, Eagle Science, the Champalimaud Foundation and the Technical University of Munich, is developing a computer with an interface that interacts with the human brain. During a presentation in Lisbon, researchers demonstrated a helmet with sensors that measure electromagnetic waves from the brain while flying an unmanned aerial vehicle.
The software converts these signals into drone control commands. Experiments have shown that the operator, without touching the control panel, was able to lift it into the air, make maneuvers and then land. In essence, Brainflight technology is a synthesis of aviation engineering systems with neurophysiology.
The scientists hope that their research will help make the pilot's profession accessible even for people with disabilities, and that the technology they have developed can be used to control other modes of transport.