Imagine a future where all you have to do is think about your television screen turning on in order to watch a movie. A future where a robot can fetch you a soda just by asking it to get you one non-verbally. A future where lights are turned on and off just by the mere thought of it. Whether you find this future exciting or simply horrifying, there is one thing that is clear: we are heading there.

The current technology is far from achieving the level of development required for successful execution of such involved tasks. However, as devices and programming improves, it is not unreasonable to expect us to eventually be able to do the impossible.

The initial steps in leading this development have been taken over the course of this past year. With various brain-computer interfaces (BCI) platforms, it is possible for paralyzed patients to operate prosthetic limbs as if they were real ones.

A recent development has allowed scientists to connect the brain to a drone. 

In order to operate electronics with your brain, the controller must wear a electroencephalogram headset that is calibrated to the wearer’s brain. Neuronal activity is recorded as the wearer “thinks” about pushing something forward. The activity is then linked to the forward stick on the drone’s controller. Similar neural activity is expected to directly move the drone forward in the future.

As you can see in this video, brain-controlled drones are not quite ready for the raceway. The University of Florida did this experimental activity with 16 pilots, using DJI Phantom drones and a 10-yard indoor course. The outlook for such development looks promising. Maybe we will see this type of technology in our daily lives a few years from now.

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