Puzzlebox Orbit is an educational device that combines a brain-controlled helicopter with open hardware, software, and teaching material.

San Francisco-based startup Puzzlebox has created a small helicopter that is controlled by brainwaves instead of a remote control. They envision the toy being used as an educational tool to teach kids how to focus. Mashable reports that the helicopter is connected to a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset that measures brain activity so when the user concentrates, the helicopter flies in a pre-determined path.

The Puzzlebox Orbit is an open source and open hardware project, and the startup will release guides and software for taking the toy apart to rebuild or customize it. They will also publish lessons on how mind-controlled devices actually work and how infrared signals steer the aircraft. You can learn more about the brain-controlled helicopter, which has already reached its funding goal on Kickstarter, in the video below:

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