Imagine being able to guide a robot with nothing but your mind. Though it might sound like science fiction, researchers at Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI) are working to make this outlandish creation a reality. Their robot has been tested with 19 total patients, both healthy and disabled, and has achieved a 100% success rating.
In addition to responding to human signals, the robot is also able to act on its own. It is programmed to avoid obstacles and continue movement without consistent instruction. This allows the instructor to rest while navigating.
The project, known as TOBI (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction), began in 2008 and has now come to a close. If this technology receives enough funding from insurance companies, there is potential for robots to make a huge difference in the daily lives of disabled individuals.
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