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Review: Hands-free flight with EEGSmart's mind-controlled UDrone

•, Loz Blain

That's the question EEGSmart poses with its UDrone mini-quad, which responds to brainwaves and head movements instead of thumbsticks. It's not perfect, but it does give a glimpse of a mind-controlled future.

The Udrone itself is fairly unremarkable; it's a lightweight mini-quadcopter with 2-inch props, nice plastic bumpers to save it from damage when it bumps into a wall, and an 8-megapixel, 1080p-capable camera. You can fly it using your mobile phone, in which case it works like most similar small quads, but also has some smarts under its belt with face tracking, subject tracking and gesture recognition.

It flies for six or seven minutes on a battery, which is about right for this size of thing. The camera isn't anything to write home about, but it streams video back to your phone in real time as long as you're within Wi-Fi range. So far, so ordinary.

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