Honda has unveiled a brain machine interface that can be used to control robots by thought.
In a video demonstration of the interface, a man sits in a chair wearing a huge helmet packed with sensors. A few feet away is one of Honda's Asimo robots.
The man is shown a picture of a hand and told to concentrate on it. He does so and a few seconds later the Asimo robot holds up its hands, apparently responding to the thought command from the man in the chair.
The helmet works by measuring the electrical activity
in a person's brain using electroencephalography and cerebral blood flow, using near-infrared spectroscopy. Software then converts this raw data into control information. The researchers say it requires no physical movement whatsoever.
Honda claims the technology has a 90% success rate without any prior training.
Aside from making Asimo dance, Honda also envisions the
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