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Flying Helicopter Orb Guided By Brainwaves

• Nidhi Subbaraman via

Puzzlebox has been developing open source code to turn EEG signals picked up basic, commercially sold EEG tracking headbands into instructions a robot can understand. Over the last two years they’ve wooed and wowed school kids with headset-controlled toy land robots and video games, and regular remote-controlled model helicopters hacked to interface with EEG-reading headsets. They tend to share their code and designs.

But the Orbit helicopter is the first product they’re planning to sell. The project’s Kickstarter campaign to fund manufacturing has already collected twice the target goal of $10,000, with more than half their campaign still to go.

The Orbit’s distinctive shell is designed to protect its blades when it whams into walls or the ceiling, Puzzlebox explains. The helicopter shares a Bluetooth connection with a Mindwave Mobile EEG headset made by NeuroSky, the company that is also behind the Necomimi robotic ears.

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