BrainDriver: Mind controlled cars of the future.

It has only been 2 years since the first mind controlled ‘board style’ game was released to the consumer market in the form of the Mattel mindflex, since then we’ve had mind controlled cats earsbikes and now the technology has progressed part of the way into the transport industry.

BrainDriver is a project put together by an Artificial Intelligence professor and his team at the University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin). The professor and his team have demonstrated and have the proof on video (see below), that you can control a car with your brain. The technology could be used for cruise control on open roads or even cross country, expending no more effort than that of basic thought.

The concept is being tested with BrainDriver, a mind-controlled car.  Before the driver begins, the car’s software is trained to identify brainwave patterns. This is accomplished by wearing the Emotiv neuro headset and performing a series of computer tasks like learning to move virtual objects. The recorded electromagnetic signals are associated with simple driving commands so that when the device is connected to the steering wheel, accelerator and brakes, the vehicle is able to recognize the different mental activities and respond accordingly.

For more information check out this article.

Mind controlled technology closer than you think!

If you’re in doubt that mind-reading controller tech really is the stuff of the far-flung future, rather than what may be the norm in as little as two to four years, then watch this video below.

For years scientists have been carrying out research into brain-sensors and animal-machine interfaces using monkeys, it’s a tech that has shown great promise for artificial limb design among other things.

At this point, the monkey is relying on two brain implants (in the arm and hand areas of its motor cortex) to interpret nerve impulses and use them to control the arm. This arm with 7 degrees of movement, emulates just how flexible a real flesh-and-bone limb can be. Although the movement looks like something out of a sci-fi film, this technology with the help of non-invasive dry sensors will apply to people with disabilities sooner than you think.

When I say soon I mean you can already see great achievements with replacements for human limbs as shown by the inspiring story of British teen Chloe Holmes, who is the youngest teenager in Europe to be fitted with a bionic forearm and hand. For more information click this link.

Watch the video below for another great achievement.  For a month, Pierpaolo Petruzziello’s amputated arm was connected to a robotic limb, allowing him to feel sensations and control the arm with his thoughts.

If you think this is amazing or…. slightly unnerving, then be aware that Intel is planning by 2020 to have chips that can be implanted into your brain to control your computer or mind-controlled gadget. “it brings new meaning to the slogan intel inside” have a look at this article.