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Update on Thought-Controlled Robots
11/27/2012

By focusing their attention on patterns created by flickering lights on a PC screen, which are associated with specific actions, users can control which actions they want a robot to perform, where the robot moves, and how it interacts with its environment.   (Source: CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory)
By focusing their attention on patterns created by flickering lights on a PC screen, which are associated with specific actions, users can control which actions they want a robot to perform, where the robot moves, and how it interacts with its environment.
(Source: CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory)

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Greg M. Jung
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Greg M. Jung   11/27/2012 8:28:50 PM
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Yes, if paraplegics and quadriplegics could benefit from this technology, that would indeed be wonderful.  I wonder if the other groups like the elderly could also benefit?  (Or would the technology learning curve be a little too steep?)

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Charles Murray   11/27/2012 6:46:14 PM
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This is incredible, Ann. Any idea how long it took to write the signal processing algorithms for this? It seems like an almost-impossible task.  

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Ann R. Thryft   11/27/2012 3:44:30 PM
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That's right, Rob, paraplegics and quadriplegics (tetraplegics) are one target group for this technology, for actual physical robotic embodiment a la Avatar. Under the VERE project aegis, the other target group consists of rehab training for people temporarily confined to a bed or wheelchair.

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Rob Spiegel   11/27/2012 3:05:23 PM
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Great article, Ann. When you did your first article on thought-controlled robots, my first impression is that this technology could be used by those who need to control robotic arms and legs.

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