Puzzlebox Orbit by Steve Castellotti is an educational toy that combines a brain-controlled helicopter with open hardware, software and teaching material.
For the past two years Puzzlebox Orbit has been producing brain-controlled helicopters for classrooms and television. Now comes the chance to fly your own.
Puzzlebox 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.
Despite remote control helicopters in general having earned a reputation for being fragile we have been extremely pleased with the build quality and resilience of our samples. They have survived several falls and collisions over the course of development and testing without noticeable damage.
“We offer two models, the first designed to be used with mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. A NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset is required to communicate with the device over Bluetooth. Our software then extracts and visualizes your brainwaves in realtime. Command signals are issued to the Puzzlebox Orbit via an infrared adapter connected to the audio port (for compatibility with Apple’s iOS).”
Puzzlebox Orbit relies on EEG hardware from NeuroSky to produce measurements of attention and meditation.