I hear they can control robots with their minds now!
Robots are a step closer to reading our thoughts, thanks to researchers at the University of Minnesota.
Biomedical engineers in the University’s College of Science and Engineering have developed a non-invasive system that allows people to control flying robots using only their minds.
The engineers created a skullcap fitted with 64 electrodes that can track the electrical activity of a subject’s brain. The brain signals were sent to a computer, which translated them into Wi-Fi commands to a four-blade flying robot.
For example, when a research subject was asked to think about making a fist with his right hand, the robot would move to the right. The subject didn’t have to actually make a fist or actually see the robot to perform the command.
But the subjects were able to get good enough to maneuver the flying robot through two large rings suspended from a gymnasium ceiling.
Lead researcher Bin He, a biomedical engineering professor, said the technology has the potential to be used to create thought-controlled wheelchairs, artificial limbs or other devices for use by people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
Source: http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/mind-controlled-drones-take-flight.html & http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_23388055/u-m-researchers-develop-thought-controlled-robots
Sourced by Roy W. Nash
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