A “car” you can drive with your mind

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

mind controlling a car
Alejo Bernal designed the shape of his toy car to resemble a brain synapse – the space in between neurons. Also, the body is semi-transparent, allowing the blinking light to be seen.

Controlling objects with your mind sounds like something out of the future, doesn’t it? Well, believe it or not, there’s already technology that exists to let a person control objects – and people – using only their noggin’. One of the coolest devices, however, comes from Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Alejo Bernal, who created a toy car that’s controlled with brain power!

It takes a lot of concentration, though, especially since the project was designed to improve a person’s ability to focus. You see, every time we think, tiny little brain cells called neurons fire an electrical charge. The more concentrated and focused a person’s thoughts are, the stronger the brain waves.

Electroencephalogram (EEG) machines – such as the Neurosky Mindwave Mobile headset Bernal uses – can detect these mind waves, and measure a person’s concentration based on the waves’ strength.

If a person is able to focus enough, a tiny light on the car turns on, and the more you concentrate, the brighter it shines. However, the toy can only move forward if the light stays on for more than 7 seconds! Geez, that sounds like a whole lot of work just to drive a toy car, huh?

Well, what the device does especially well,  is aid people with concentration disorders. “This project helps users to develop deeper, longer concentration by exercising the brain,” explains  Alejo Bernal. “It is possible for people to train or treat their minds through their own effort and not necessarily using strong medicines, such as ritalin.”

Images courtesy of Dezeen.