Thought Controlled Drones will now make the drones more impressive when compared to the regular remote controlled boring drones. Yes, you read it right! Researchers at Arizona State University have developed a new technology that allows a human to control a troop of robotic drones just by thinking about various tasks.
How does it work? Okay let me explain you- The operator who wants to control a swarm of robotic drones should wear a skull cap which is capable of recording brain electrical activities through 128 electrodes. Then the cap gives an output of instructions to the computer. Then the system through Bluetooth transfers the same information to the drones.
According to reports, Panagiotis Artemiadis, Director of ASU’s Human-Oriented Robotics and Control stated that they have been working on developing, “a control interface between a human and a swarm of robots by using the brain recordings of the human commander.’
“After analyzing the brain recordings, we found areas of the brain that can be used to control the formation and other collective behaviours of a swarm of drones. We record the electrical activity of those areas using non-invasive methods, and we decode this activity to control variables for the robotic swarm. The human commander can monitor the motion and formation of the robotic swarms in real-time by only thinking about their desired motion,” added Artemiadis.
He also explained that the brain is wired to control the artefacts which have a look of human limbs. “The complexity of a system that requires the brain to activate areas to control robotic artefacts that do not resemble natural limbs — in our cases a swarm of drones is significant and so far unexplored.”
Artemiadis stated that this development of the technology brought out an interesting thing that certain brain areas can be activated when the human brain recognizes the collective behavior of swarms. And the spellbinding fact is, a brain can adapt to output control actions for a swarm of several robots which is eventually useful in the interaction of the human with robots.