Update on Thought-Controlled Robots

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Difficulties of mind control
Jim_E   11/29/2012 8:38:04 AM
I was just reading this article in Wired ( the real paper magazine, which I prefer ) about the difficulties of controlling prosthectics via mind control.


I certainly hope that they can make progress in this field, as it would improve the quality of life of many people.


Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: Difficulties of mind control
Jack Rupert, PE   11/29/2012 9:46:29 PM
Interesting link, Jim_E.  Thanks for posting. I would think that the "bionic limb" idea would actually be easier since they are trying the use the biological processes already in place to do essentially what they were designed to do - think about moving your hand that used to be at the end of your arm and the new hand at the end of your arm moves as the original once did.  The process of separate robots seems like a whole other ballgame.

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Ann R. Thryft   12/3/2012 11:54:59 AM
Chuck, I wish we had more info on the project's engineering details, which are still under development. Considering how much work has already been done aimed at similar goals, such as various methods of motion capture, I suspect it won't take all that long to write the algorithms. Battar, thanks for the response on this subject, too. FWIW, Fujitsu started working on turning the electrical impulses from a person's thoughts into electronically controlled actions back in the late 80s to early 90s.

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Re: Difficulties of mind control
Ann R. Thryft   12/5/2012 12:41:00 PM
Jim_E, thanks for the link to that Wired article (and I agree about print editions: Rolling Stone in the hand is very different from Rolling Stone on line, e.g.). But trying to control the incredibly complex movements of a hand and its fingers has got to be a few orders of magnitude more complicated than controlling legs enough to make them walk. So I'm not surprised there's been little progress in that area.

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