Robot Controlled by Brain

January 15th, 2007


From the Neural Systems Group at the University of Washington:

We have developed a non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) that allows a user to command a humanoid robot to pick up objects and bring it to specific locations. A humanoid robot can use sophisticated robotics and computer vision techniques to explore the environment, discover possible objects and interactions, and interact with the objects selected by a user. In this way, a simple BCI-based selection interface can enable a user to perform significantly complex actions.

It seems impressive to be able to control so many complex robotic movements using brain-computer interface alone. Unfortunately my understanding is that the BCI is only used to decide which of the two blocks the robot should pick up. This is done through a scanning program similar to one-switch scanning.

Further information about the processes involved are available on their website.

Neural Systems Group, http://neural.cs.washington.edu/

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