Brainflight is a project that is bidding to pull the concept of brain-controlled drones out of the science fiction realm and bring it into reality. The project is the result of a collaboration between four organizations, and is developing drones that can be directly controlled by the human brain.
These drones are the result of technology that brings together cutting-edge neuroscience research with the latest in aeronautical engineering. The project itself explores two separate brain-computer interface approaches. Recently, the researchers carried out a demonstration in Portugal in which a person wearing an EEG (electroencephalography) device was able to pilot a small aircraft.
In the long term, brain-controlled drones could reduce the workload of pilots and allow them to focus on more complicated tasks, or could be used to help the physically disabled pilot aircraft.