When in space, astronauts suffer from motoric loss and muscle deficiency. As small and precise movements are extremely important for critical space operations, being able to carry out these operations without physically having to interact with the spacecraft would be very useful. The use of a brain-computer interface (BCI) may provide an effective alternative to hand-controlled operations. BCIs detect mental activity and use that to control a device or present feedback. BrainFly, a team consisting of four Dutch female Neuroscience students, investigates astronauts' ability to control a BCI in space.
For their study, the team asked us to develop a game which can be controlled using a BCI. Participants in the study will play this game during simulations of increased and decreased gravity (i.e., hyper- and microgravity). The project is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA).
Follow the BrainFly team and their updates here
- Brain-computer interface
- European Space Agency