Brain-controlled telepresence robot gives disabled people freedom to socialize

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People with motor disability have to make many compromises in life and their dependence on care takers is the main reason behind stress. To give such unfortunate disabled people a reason to smile because of the freedom they get, researchers have developed a telepresence robot. This brain-controlled robot developed by a team of researchers from Switzerland and Italy aids people with motor disability in navigating places remotely just with the power of their brain.

Yes, a brain-controlled interface which reads brain signals using a non-invasive helmet fitted with EEG signal tracker. All they have to do is concentrate in their brain on the direction to take and the telepresence robot moves in that direction. In a test conducted with people having motor disability and ones having no such disability, the ones with motor disability performed well in moving the robot in intended direction.

Disabled can chat remotely with people using this telepresence robot

The robot is basically a laptop mounted on top of a rolling base which allows it to move in any direction. On the other end, the person with motor disability wears a skullcap fitted with electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors and imagines the movement with their hand or feet. The laptop is loaded with Skype software and the person can have a conversation with people via the laptop’s webcam.

Telepresence robot for disabled

The robot has been designed primarily to let the disabled have fun by mixing in with the people and their activities remotely from their room. Also, it gives them freedom to have a look at what’s going on in their home and enjoy the happenings. This way they mix in with the social circles and let out all the stress which accompanies such depressing ailments.

The telepresence robot is still in prototype stage and is all set to make improvements to integrate other features. Researchers want to make sure the robot is controlled easily with minimum concentration levels and also improve the robot’s ability to move on different kind of terrains.

Via: MITTechnologyReview

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