Wireless helmet sensors developed for the military
Monday, 30 January 2012 11:59
A new helmet has been developed to be used by the military which can wirelessly monitor the brain waves of the wearer.
Developments to electroencephalographic brain wave detection technology have allowed Scott Makeig, director of the University of California's San Diego Swartz Centre for Computational Neuroscience to develop the device.
While these devices normally require a subject to sit perfectly still in order to pick up brain signals, the new development by Mr Makeig and his team utilises algorithms distinguish between impulses in the brain and the signals produced by movement.
The result could be that the devices can be used by fighter pilots, with those on the ground able to tell if they have received information or if they are focused on flying.
Last year, the US military announced it would be increasing the number of wireless devices it uses as the Pentagon makes changes to how information is treated.
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