Smicinski, a double major in intelligence studies and math, used a NeuroSky headset and Orbit, a cell-phone application. She also achieved a deep meditative state before the drone would begin flying.
Owned by Kristan Wheaton, professor of intelligence studies, the technology is used to teach science and math in unconventional ways.
“When the headset detects calm or active brainwaves in the correct range, it sends a signal through the phone, thus powering the drone,” Wheaton said. “Drone technology is critical to geospatial intelligence. It’s not just about what is, it’s about what will be — what’s coming down the pike.”