Drones are becoming a popular technology. You can now purchase one for less than $100 and fly it around on your own. Unfortunately, you can only control one drone at a time.
But, ASU Assistant Professor of Mechanical and AeroSpace Engineering Panos Artemiadis can control multiple at the same time, and does so using his mind.
“What we have is a hybrid interface. For up and down, left and right motions we use a joystick and at the same time through the brain activity you can control the formations,” Artemiadis said.
The controller looks at a monitor and pictures how he or she wants the drones to move. Then, using electrodes, Artemiadis can decode brain activity with algorithms to move the robots.
“So, the main idea is to build a control interface between a human and multiple robots. What we are doing is extracting brain activity from the brain. We record that using non-invasive electrodes and we decode that activity to a formation or essentially collective behaviors of a swarm of drones, and we send those decisions wirelessly to the air vehicles then they fly in a specific formation that the pilot wants,” Artemiadis said.
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