Puzzlebox Orbit: A brain-controlled helicopter blending science, education, and open source
Puzzlebox Orbit is operated via a NeuroSky EEG headset plus either a
mobile device or the dedicated Puzzlebox Pyramid remote. Users can fly
the Orbit through focused concentration or by maintaining a state of
mental relaxation. What makes the Puzzlebox Orbit truly unique however
is the open release of all source code, hardware schematics, 3D models,
and step-by-step building instructions which are published freely online.
Orbit features a unique spherical design that protects helicopter
blades from unintended impact with objects such as walls and ceilings,
while lending a pleasantly technical aesthetic.
two years of development and a Guinness World Record (in collaboration
with NeuroSky), Puzzlebox has completed funding on its first consumer
hardware product via Kickstarter.
is building and selling a MindWave and MindWave Mobile compatible
helicopter. They will sell finished, working, brain-controlled
helicopters AND release guides and software for taking them apart to
rebuild or customize. Puzzlebox publishes lessons on how mind-controlled
devices actually work and how infrared signals steer the aircraft. The
hypothesis is that this form of cooperation can succeed commercially
while aiding the pursuit of science and education.
Puzzlebox and NeuroSky's overall goal with this project is to explore an Open approach to Brain-Computer Interface
(BCI ) technology. Advances at the cutting edge are waiting to find
their way to the public and this project is our latest contribution.