The technology was recently demonstrated by the Australian Army, where soldiers operated a Ghost Robotics quadruped robot using the brain-machine interface.
Photo supplied by Australian Army.
New technology is making mind reading possible with positive implications for the fields of healthcare, aerospace and advanced manufacturing.
Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) have developed biosensor technology that will allow you to operate devices, such as robots and machines, solely through thought-control.
The advanced brain-computer interface was developed by Distinguished Professor Chin-Teng Lin and Professor Francesca Iacopi, from the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT, in collaboration with the Australian Army and Defence Innovation Hub.
As well as defence applications, the technology has significant potential in fields such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace and healthcare – for example allowing people with a disability to control a wheelchair or operate prosthetics.
“The hands-free, voice-free technology works outside laboratory settings, anytime, anywhere. It makes interfaces such as consoles, keyboards, touchscreens and hand-gesture recognition redundant,” said Professor Iacopi.
“By using cutting edge graphene material, combined with silicon, we were able to overcome issues of corrosion, durability and skin contact resistance, to develop the wearable dry sensors,” she said.
A new study outlining the technology has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal ACS Applied Nano Materials. It shows that the graphene sensors developed at UTS are very conductive, easy to use and robust.
The hexagon patterned sensors are positioned over the back of the scalp, to detect brainwaves from the visual cortex. The sensors are resilient to harsh conditions so they can be used in extreme operating environments.
The user wears a head-mounted augmented reality lens which displays white flickering squares. By concentrating on a particular square, the brainwaves of the operator are picked up by the biosensor, and a decoder translates the signal into commands.
The technology was recently demonstrated by the Australian Army, where soldiers operated a Ghost Robotics quadruped robot using the brain-machine interface. The device allowed hands-free command of the robotic dog with up to 94% accuracy.
“Our technology can issue at least nine commands in two seconds. This means we have nine different kinds of commands and the operator can select one from those nine within that time period,” Professor Lin said.
“We have also explored how to minimise noise from the body and environment to get a clearer signal from an operator’s brain,” he said.
The researchers believe the technology will be of interest to the scientific community, industry and government, and hope to continue making advances in brain-computer interface systems.
Original Article: Mind-control robots a reality
More from: University of Technology Sydney
The Latest Updates from Bing News
Go deeper with Bing News on:
- A Glimpse Into The Mind Of A Robot Vacuum Cleaner
What’s going through the mind of those your autonomous vacuum cleaning robots as they traverse a room? There are different ways to find out such as covering the floor with dirt and seeing what ...
- How a student invented an affordable fire-fighting robot
FireBot can enter burning buildings and look for human life while also assessing the scene and identifying potential hazards.
- Paralyzed man walks using mind-controlled robot
Reuters Now Paralyzed man walks using mind-controlled robot Posted A man paralyzed from the shoulders down has been able to walk using a pioneering four-limb robotic system, or exoskeleton, that ...
- The Creator Director Contrasts His Robots To The Terminator's: "They Think They're Human"
Exclusive: Director Gareth Edwards discusses how the robots in The Creator differ from those in The Terminator in both the movie and their performance ...
- Upping the Game on Mind-Controlled Robotics
Get rid of the need for implantable electrodes--a focus of University of Minnesota researcher--and medical device assembly workers might mind-control robots performing multiple tasks at the same time.
Go deeper with Bing News on:
- Neuralink’s test monkeys died due to brain implants contrary to Elon Musk’s claims, report suggests
Nuralink has been developing chips to be implanted into the skull, claiming that such a computer-brain interface will help restore vision in the blind and paralysed people walk again. The company ...
- You Might Not Need Open Brain Surgery to Get Mind Control
Synchron has developed a brain-computer interface that uses preexisting technologies such as the stent and catheter to allow insertion into the brain without the need for open brain surgery. Jesse ...
- Brain-Computer Interfaces News
Sep. 14, 2023 — Flexible thin-film electrodes placed directly on brain tissue show promise for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. Thanks to an innovative yet straightforward design ...
- Elon Musk's Neuralink starts looking for test subjects for brain-chip implant
Elon Musk‘s Neuralink Corp. has opened up the recruitment process for people interested in being the test subjects for its first ever human trials. The startup, which is developing a brain-computer ...
- Brain-Computer Interface Market to grow at 13.6% CAGR to Reach US$ 6.5 billion, Globally, by 2032 : Mentions Fact.MR
As per Fact.MR, a provider of market research and competitive intelligence, The Brain-Computer Interface Market revenue was estimated at US$ 1.6 billion in 2022 and is ...