Along with its biologically inspired unmanned systems research, engineers at the University of Maryland are delving into novel operator control concepts for unmanned air vehicles. On display at a 10 September open house of the new Maryland Robotics Center was a brain wave control technology developed by a contractor and former student, Paul Samuel, president of Daedalus Flight Systems.

Using a headset controller made popular last year in Mindflex's mind control game, Samuel showed how a quadrotor helicopter could be controlled in altitude and direction simply by either concentrating intensely or relaxing the mind in a sleep-like state.

Source: Flight International