RUK / DDTLab, AformX, Uroš Ocepek, PhD – NeuroFly
Made in Trbovlje
The NeuroFly simulator is a pilot project of the DDT-RUK Research laboratory and the airplane company AFormX within the Mreža Centrov Raziskovalnih Umetnosti in Kulture MCRUK (Network of Research Art and Culture Centers – MCRUK) project. The purpose is to merge a VR flight simulator with the Brain Computer Interface, which enables the user direct communication between the brain and the simulator and with that the direct control of the flier in the simulation.
The user controls the NeuroFly flier through a brain computer inteface. The brain computer interface (BCI) is a capable computer system which enables direct communication between the brains and the device which we wish to steer and operate. The purpose of a BCI sistem is to give users control of the device using nothing but brain activity. BCI devices work on the basis of interaction between two adaptive controllers: the user, who needs to know how to correctly trigger brain signals which trigger the order; and the BCI system, which needs to be capable of converting these signals into orders and executing them. Operating brain interfaces is therefore an ability, which needs to be learned by both the user and the system through a process of mutual adjustments.
AFormX is a dynamic high technology airplane company from Trbovlje. It encompasses a prototype workshop which primarily creates and assembles ultralight airplanes and composite parts for the airline industry; and the development department, where amongst others, the development of flight simulators, using VR goggles is taking place, along with online portals for remote learning. Their finest projects are made at the intersections of knowledge of an interdisciplinary team, that is not afraid of a challenge.
AFormX received numerous awards, the most visible of which are the Gold Award for Innovation awarded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia in 2018 and winning the fastest electrical racer tender by the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2019.