A Really Slow Drone Race, But That's Okay
Drone racing is typically a high-speed type of proposition, with the little buggers zipping around at ridiculous speeds controlled by young people with incredible reflexes. Except this race was not fast at all; it featured a few drones stopping and starting, piloted by young people showing incredible concentration. That's because these drones were controlled by thought, not joysticks.
The University of Florida held a race April 22 which it called the first drone race controlled by the thoughts of the pilots. According to Motherboard, the pilots used a device that measured the electrical signals from their brains, called a brain-computer interface (or BCI) to direct the drones. The pilots look at a computer program, think about going “forward,” and the drones slowly move ahead.