Robot that can be controlled with thoughts
According to a new research, it is now possible to control a robotic hand with only your mind. According to Bin He, professor and lead researcher of the study, department of biomedical engineering, University of Minnesota, USA, “This is the first time in the world that people can operate a robotic arm to reach and grasp objects in a complex 3D environment using only their thoughts, without a brain implant.”
He adds, “Just by imagining moving their arms, people were able to move the robotic arm.” This research has the potential to help millions of people who are paralysed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
The non-invasive technique, called electroencephalography (EEG) based brain-computer interface, records weak electrical activity of the participant’s brain through a specialised, high-tech EEG cap fitted with 64 electrodes and converts the thoughts into action by advanced signal processing and machine learning.