UCF students create mind-controlled mini car - FOX 35 News Orlando

UCF students create mind-controlled mini car

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Forget remote-controlled cars.  Some students at the University of Central Florida have come up with a way to control a tiny car with their minds!

Over 300 graduating seniors of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science demonstrated their talents at the 2013 Senior Design Day Showcase.  It's amazing stuff, but you have to see it to believe it. 

To get signals from their minds to the cars, the wear a special headset.

"Basically, we're picking up voltages from the skull through the headset, and these voltages are being sent wirelessly to our motherboard here," Mike Stobridge explains as he gestures to a board of circuits and wires.  "And on our motherboard, we are translating them from electrical signals into a six-bit binary code." 

That code is then sent wirelessly via a Bluetooth transmitter to a transmitter on the car.

Practical uses would include integrating the design into wheelchairs for paraplegics who can't move their limbs, or remote-controlled vehicles on the road -- anything with two motors Mike says.

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