Pilot Lands A Plane With His Thoughts

Electroencephalography (EEG) cap lets wearer use thoughts to land a plane
Pilot Lands A Plane With His Thoughts

Image Credits: Berlin Institute of Technology

by Discovery News | June 2, 2014


Why pilot a plane with your hands and feet when you can do it with your brain? Thought-controlled flight could be arriving soon, according to the EU-funded “BrainFlight” project.

A team of scientists from the Institute for Flight System Dynamics and the Berlin Institute of Technology says it has translated brain impulses into control commands, enabling pilots in a plane simulator to achieve a range of remarkably precise maneuvers without touching the controls or pedals.

Wearing a cap with lots of cables attached, pilots in the simulator were able to land a plane simply by looking at the screen and moving the control stick with their thoughts, correcting the plane’s position repeatedly until it landed.

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