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US scientists working on mind-controlled drones for military use

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (Reuters / U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez)

A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (Reuters / U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez)

University researchers in Texas say they are designing a new type of drone – one that could be controlled simply and only with a soldier’s mind.

If successful, the project would allow soldiers to command future drones in ways beyond simple navigational commands. While troops would be able to order a drone to “move left” and “move right,” it would potentially enable them to command the vehicles to travel over specific geographic installations and send critical data back to their operators.

According to My San Antonio, the project is currently underway at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where graduate students recently demonstrated a hovering drone operated via a cell phone app while one researcher sat – his head covered in sensors – and focused intently on the unnamed aerial vehicles’ activity.

“For people who don’t have motor skills, for people in wheelchairs, this could be so helpful,” graduate Prasanna Kolar said to the outlet.

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