All aviation fans know “Firefox, the ultimate weapon”, this film of the 1980s where Clint Eastwood fled Soviet at the controls of the Firefox. This Hunter Soviet trendy, yet unmatched performance today inter alia… thought-controlled weapons system that we know think Russian. Pure fiction produced in cold war, but the neural interface of fictional Mig – 31 could well be a reality someday. Jan Scheuermann, a quadriplegic equipped with neural implant, recently wanted to try to pilot aircraft Simulator. Although not being a pilot, she was able to take control of a small single-engine Cessna, but also those of all new F-35 fighter.
After the robotic arm, Jan Scheuermann tries flight simulators
Fighter pilots should one day be asking a brain implant at the school of the air before taking command of the future fighter aircraft? This may be the price to pay to not be replaced by a drone… In any case, DARPA is interested in technology and actively with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab is testing this type of interface. Paralyzed four Member, Jan Scheuermann was equipped with an implant on the brain a few years ago. Via these electrodes, the quadriplegic was able to take control of a robotic arm. Now, it is Flight Simulator it tackled, with some success.
A success according to the press, but a very relative success when one looks at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab images disseminated by the Washington Post indeed relativise the experience. Jan Scheuermann did not command a true Simulator of F – 35. The images are more reminiscent of a general public Simulator set to a level of weak realism. As images of flight, it found that the accuracy of the control is very coarse. It is hard to imagine can thus control real equipment, particularly at the landing. As to land a plane any on an aircraft carrier, this seems impossible mission. Significant progress must still be made before force fighter pilots to put a connector on the brain. Paradoxically, the results obtained by the PhyPA of the University of Berlin and its BrainFlight project team, uses only a much less invasive EEG headset, are more impressive than the operation of comm. of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.
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Source : “A paralyzed woman flew an F-35 fighter jet in a simulator — using only her mind”, The Washington Post, March 3, 2015