Thursday, August 10, 2006

Robotic Hand Controlled by Your Thoughts

Japanese researchers have demonstrated a robotic hand that can perform simple tasks like playing rock, paper, scissors, controlled by nothing but the user's thoughts.

Unlike other mind-controlled robotic appendages, this one doesn't even require an implant.

It uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to scan the user's brain activity, recording the activity that correlates with a particular movement, and activating the movement when that activity is detected again.

The researchers have hope that a future version could perform faster than a biological hand.

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