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­tc Students' Research Project Controls Drones ­sing Brainwaves


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A mind-controlled drone hovers.

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga are developing a system in which a person can control multiple drones by thought alone.

Credit: UTC News

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC) are developing a system in which a person can control multiple drones by thought alone.

The researchers want to detect patterns in brainwaves that will enable them to give abstract commands to multiple drones. For example, instead of giving a basic command such as "take off" or "land," a user could send out an abstract command such as "search and rescue," says UTC's Zach Ruble.

He notes after receiving the command, the swarm of drones will be able to autonomously determine what needs to be done in order to execute the mission.

Ruble says in the current system, the brainwaves are fed into a laptop, which sends a Wi-Fi signal to a second computer that sends a wireless signal to the drone.

The researchers also are creating a wide "vocabulary" for drone control, which they believe will increase the drone's capabilities.

From UTC News
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