Robots Controlled By Brain Power: Science Fiction or Russian Reality?
How new is this aspect of robotic mind control?
Earlier this year, at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Emotiv Systems released an EPOC NeuroHeadset that allows the user to play a video game by simply using their thoughts and emotions. While this was certainly cool enough for the moment, Russian scientists have taken the concept one step further by developing a mind control headset that controls a robot and not a video game!
Who developed this new mind-control device?
A team of researchers in the Moscow region (Zelongrad) known as Neurobotics have developed this 21st-century robot that can do what no other of its ilk has ever done before. This machine is actually controlled by the power of thought. Tiny and very temperamental at this stage, this mind-control machine may well be the key to changing the lives of thousands of people, both in the realm of entertainment and in terms of clinical applications.
How can this new mind control device improve the lives of its users?
According to Vladimir Konishov, President of the Neurobotics Company:
“First of all, the device is for gamers. You can control some virtual reality objects and even some emotional states. Secondly, it has a clinical application. For example, for people who’ve lost the ability to move their body after a stroke.”
With the development of this special headset, Russian scientists are well on the way to developing something revolutionary (not another Russian Revolution like the first one exactly, but you get my drift.)
How does this amazing headset work?
By utilizing this special headset, the robot attempts to read electrical charges from the user’s brain and then translates them into movement. The possibilities are endless but certainly include controlling the charges to direct a wheelchair or even a car. One of the researchers added:
“A human brain is divided into zones responsible for certain functions. These zones send impulses to the scalp. We need to register these impulses.
And so the illusory dreams of the past become the reality of the present. What’s in store for all of us tomorrow?
I don’t know but I would ask the robots.
They seem to have all the answers today!
M Dee Dubroff