Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Researchers Demonstrate Direct Brain Control Of Humanoid Robot

Rajesh Rao, associate professor of computer science and engineering, and his students have demonstrated that an individual can "order" a robot to move to specific locations and pick up specific objects merely by generating the proper brain waves that reflect the individual's instructions.

(Via KurzweilAI.net.)

1 comment:

W.M. Bear said...

This is not really new, at least not conceptually. Researchers have been using direct brain interfaces to control such things as computer cursor movement and other functuionality for years. Controlling a robot's movements is really just as extension of this. (I do wish science/technical journalists in the popular media would keep current on this stuff, so that their writing would reflect some real knowledge of the subject. They also then wouldn't be taken in so completely by researchers understandably hyping the significance of their own projects.)