Think Hello

Arnoud van den Heuvel
April 5th 2009

asimo thought controlled robot

Remember Asimo? Honda has now developped a new Brain-Machine Interface technology that allows humans to control the humanoid robot simply by thinking certain thoughts. The BMI system consists of a sensor-laden helmet that measures the user’s brain activity and a computer that analyzes the thought patterns and relays them as wireless commands to the robot.

asimo thought controlled robot 2The use of EEG and NIRS sensors makes the new system more compact than previous BMI systems that rely on bulkier FMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) technology. Although the system is small enough to be transported from place to place, the developers plan to further reduce the size.

Honda, which has been conducting BMI research and development with ATR since 2005, is looking into the possibility of one day using this type of interface technology with artificial intelligence and robotics to create devices that users can operate without having to move.

Via: pinktentacle.com | Related: Robot Asimo Conducts Concert | Brain Scan Replaces Job in 5 Years | Scientists Extract Images Directly From Brain | Augmented Cognition | Do You Mind? | Rock Paper Scissors

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