Superhero remote control eyelashes


When 33-year-old quadriplegic Felipe Esteves saw Katia Vega levitate a small drone just by blinking at it, he knew that was the kind of superhero he wanted to be. Wearing a white wig to keep her secret identity intact, channeling X-Men's Storm, Vega was demonstrating her superhero tech at an expo. Each time she blinked with purpose, a tiny circuit nearly invisible to onlookers completed and instructed a controller to move the drone. That circuit was hidden under her wig, and was completed every time a pair of metallic false eyelashes met for a long enough time and connected to conductive eyeliner Vega was wearing. Signals were transmitted to a Zigbee radio, with the receiver kept in the superhero's handbag. Sometimes, her blinks instructed animated images that read "POW, Bam, Zap" to pop up.

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