Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Get HideMyAss! VPN, PC Mag's Top 10 VPNs of 2016 for 55% off for a Limited Time ×

Submission + - A direct brain-computer connection

stephendavion writes: With a new technology, computers could soon understand users better by reading their minds. What sounds like science fiction already passed its first real world test — in a flight simulator.

While there's a lot more to flying a plane than just steering, pilots seated in a flight simulator wearing an EEG cap (an electrode studded cap that reads brain activity) were recently able to direct a plane's flight path hands free — just by picturing a joystick in their mind's eye. Predictably enough, this whipped up more than a fair share of media stories about "science fiction-style mind control." But the application of this technology is decades away — and even then, it's really only intended for disabled pilots.

Each of the five research groups involved in the EU-funded Brainflight project had different goals with more immediate applications. "I think that it is important to apply this technology to other areas — and it will most certainly be applied to other areas first," Tim Fricke, Brainflight's coordinator, from the Institute for Flight System Dynamics in Munich, said to DW.
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

A direct brain-computer connection

Comments Filter:

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.

Working...