Chaotic Moon Labs’ Board of Imagination: Worlds first mind-controlled skateboard

Another brilliant innovation has just appeared on the web; Chaotic Moon Labs’ Board of Imagination, the worlds first mind-controlled skateboard.

I won’t go into much depth here as there are a couple of well written, detailed articles available on the web, I’ve posted links for these at the bottom of this post. If you want to skip all the boring stuff just watch the video below, it explains everything. Continue reading

Mind-controlled virtual helicopter with full 3D movement

A non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) that allows humans to use thought to control the flight of a virtual helicopter in 3-D in real time, has been developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota Department of Biomedical Engineering.

The researchers trained test subjects to control the flight of the virtual helicopters using EEG electrical signals from the scalp and decoding sensorimotor rhythms (generated by imagining movements).

Although the 64 sensor brain cap used in the testing is far more sophisticated than the consumer based headsets produced by businesses such as NeuroSky, Emotive and Mind Technologies Inc,  it does show excellent progress in the field and will pave the way for consumer devices. With full 3D flight being achieved the implications of this tech will be vast. Who know’s what kind of military applications could be developed…..maybe avatar based battlefield drones.

Anyway for us consumer’s it means that soon will have some great toys to play with. Rather than virtual helicopters I can’t way to see those micro copters being flown around the living room, powered by your brain and a commercially available headset.

For more detailed articles check out these links.

Students Develop Mind Controlled Flying Robot

Students from a top US university have developed a mind controlled flying robot. The robot is one of several innovative projects amongst others to come from Maryland University.

The video in the link below shows the robotics research students latest creation at Maryland’s Robotics Day. Controlled by mind waves using NeuroSky’s Mindset headset, the robot hovers around the room using 4 miniature horizontal propellers.

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Mind-Controlled Gear Shifting for Future Bicycles

If you have ever asked yourself what would would a Prius look like if it were a bike instead of a car? The Prius inspired bike of the future would be the answer.

The stunning piece of machinery below is a result of the combined efforts from Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi LADeeplocal, and Parlee Cycles, who developed the bike in their PXP project.

The final design, just revealed on John Watson’s cycling/design site, incorporates a built-in EEG dry sensor array in the helmet that allows you to shift gear with your mind. After some initial training which ties your mind to the shifting system, the “thought sensitive” helmet picks up your brain waves and transmits them to the bicycle’s brain-contolled electronic “neurotransmission:”

From your initial training you will be able concentrate on two particular thoughts, one to shift up and one to shift down. It is these thoughts combined with the “neurotransmission” and experimental iPhone app, that together cause the digital shifter to change gear.

This design concept is now in the prototype stage, but from the looks of the video below, it’s well on its way to a high-end bike shop near you soon.

The Prius X Parlee is sponsored by bikemaker Parlee and Toyota as part of its Prius Projects program.