Mind-powered airship takes flight in the Design Museum's atrium for London Design Festival

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The Design Museum has launched a mind-powered airship inside its Kensington building for London Design Festival.

Hovering for eight days in the museum's atrium, the interactive, site-specific installation, called Mind Pilot, will give visitors the opportunity to literally pilot the textile airship using the power and focus of their minds.

One person at a time will be connected via a headset to a series of personal monitoring devices. These will detect their heart rate and brain activity, controlling the robotics that move the balloon.

Mind Pilot has been designed by Loop.pH, a London-based spatial laboratory, to encourage the idea of an inclusive future where people with varying physical abilities can use thought control to operate flight.

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