Image description: Researchers from the lab of biomedical engineering professor Bin He of the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering demonstrate a system that allows people to control a flying robot using only their mind. The research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The researchers learned to use their thoughts to steer the robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip and sail through a ring. The technology may one day enable people who have lost speech and mobility due to neurodegenerative diseases to regain function by controlling artificial limbs, wheelchairs or other devices using only their mind. Brain waves (EEG) are picked up by the electrodes of a cap on the scalp, not a chip implanted in the brain.
Image courtesy of the University of Minnesota and the NSF.