Latest in Video

Image credit:

Scientists take mind-controlled robot for a stroll (video)

Brian Heater
07.06.12
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

What if you could control a robot -- wait, don't answer yet -- with your mind? Pretty great, right? That's what the Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-embodiment (VERE) group is working on, and it's made some pretty good, you know, strides. New Scientist details a test utilizing fMRI brain activity-sensing technology to control a robot in France from a laboratory in Israel. The volunteer was able to perform tasks like walking around a room, following a person with the small 'bot and locating a teapot, using visuals from a camera embedded in the robot's head. There's a "small" delay in the technology, but researcher Ori Cohen insists that it's possible to anticipate and compensate for it.

The technology, which one scientist compared to Avatar, naturally, has some truly beneficial potential applications, and the scientists have plans to test it out with paralyzed subjects, giving them the opportunity to control a surrogate with their mind. The fMRI technology, meanwhile, may be swapped out for an electrode-based electroencephalogram system, and the scientists plan to try things out with a Japanese robot that is roughly the height of a human for future testing. Check out a video of the project in its current state after the break.

Via: Gizmodo
In this article: video
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Starbucks embraces fake meat, starting in Canada

Starbucks embraces fake meat, starting in Canada

View
PlatinumGames' first original project looks like Ant-Man meets Godzilla

PlatinumGames' first original project looks like Ant-Man meets Godzilla

View
GrubHub+ gets you free deliveries and cashback for $10 a month

GrubHub+ gets you free deliveries and cashback for $10 a month

View
Surface Duo may let you 'peek' at notifications

Surface Duo may let you 'peek' at notifications

View
GOG's new refund policy lets you return a game even if you've played it

GOG's new refund policy lets you return a game even if you've played it

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr