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German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator 73

New submitter stephendavion (2872091) writes "Scientists from the Institute for Flight System Dynamics at Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany have demonstrated the feasibility of flying a brain-controlled aircraft. Led by professor Florian Holzapfel, the team is researching ways that brain-controlled flight works in the EU-funded project 'Brainflight'. TUM project head Tim Fricke said a long-term vision of the project is to make flying accessible to more people." So far, the tests are only simulator based, but promising.
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German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator

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  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Thursday May 29, 2014 @09:45AM (#47118743) Homepage

    So out of 7 subjects, 6 with flight experience, 1 was able to follow course headings with an error of 10 degrees. That's pathetic. It's the difference between Baltimore and Washington D.C. (or worse).

    Then one was able to land within a "few meters" of the centerline... and that is touted as success? So that means most of the others couldn't hit the runway.

    I think the point is that it worked at all. As in, it's new, in its infancy, but very promising technology.

    If you're so clever, show us your system which does this. Oh, wait, you don't have one, do you?

    It's going to be a long time before I board a 737 with this crap on the pilot's head.

    Obviously. Nobody is claiming this is ready for live planes.

    What they're saying is they've made the first initial steps with this technology. And initial results in a flight simulator are starting to look like they might be able to make it work.

    Why have people on Slashdot started to miss the point entirely?

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