Researchers demonstrate technology that allows unmanned aircraft to be controlled from the ground using only signals from the pilot's brain. Amy Pollock reports.
An impressive example of mind control - a drone in the air, flown using the power of human thought. Portuguese tech company Tekever uses this special EEG cap to turn pilot's brainwaves into commands for the drone. CEO Pedro Sinogas explains. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEKEVER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, PEDRO SINOGAS, SAYING: "The brain approach that Tekever is using is based on collecting the signals from the brain, then a set of algorithms process all the brain signals and transform them into actual controls to multiple devices." While the pilot controls the drone's flight path Tekever's researchers determine the mission before take-off. Tekever's Ricardo Mendes is keen to apply the technology to commercial aviation - although this could take a while. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEKEVER CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER, RICARDO MENDES, SAYING: "What we want to do is to get the technology more mature, prove it on the ground, work with the authorities to bring it to the aerospace and to the aviation world and that will take something like 10 years probably." And the Brainflight technology could have uses beyond flying. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEKEVER CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER, RICARDO MENDES, SAYING: "If you have this technology available to you, you can enter your home and connect and disconnect devices with your mind or if you are a disabled person, for example you would be able to control your wheelchair by only using your mind, that's our goal." Tekever says their project will eventually allow pilots to free up their brains and bodies while flying a plane. In the future, pilotless planes could be more than just a flight of fancy.