Tagged: Mind-controlled

Brain-controlled headphones is the future of entertainment

Neste ThinkEar headphones

Hands-free headphones are all the rage, but even with wireless headphones, you have to reach your pocket for the phone (or at least to the headset) to change track or toggle volume. Imagine a pair of wireless headphones that would let you do this with your thought. You think of changing the track, it’s done; you want to increase the volume, it’s done. This revolution in high-tech entertainment comes from the house of Neste in form of ThinkEar headphones that read wearer’s brainwaves to help control a musical device. Read More…

Brain-controlled prosthetic hand with individual finger movement

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory physicians and biomedical engineers have developed a modular prosthetic limb which can be controlled with mind. Not only the hand but fingers can also be mind-controlled by the user. This brain-machine interface controls the real-time moment of individual prosthetic fingers. Using high-density electrocorticography (ECoG) array, the brain response is recorded and translated into the motor movement of fingers. The prosthetic has been developed for people who have lost their arms to disease or injury.
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Welder builds mind-controlled prosthetic arm from scrap, but what’s the truth?

Mind controlled robotic hand by I Wayan Sumardana from Indonesia

I Wayan Sumardana (a.k.a Tawan) is a 31-year-old welder from Indonesia claims to have made a mind-controlled robotic arm which aid him in his daily tasks. Yes, he made it all by himself from scrap metal and other parts. No doubting the locals call him Iron Man, as he goes on doing his daily chores with a mechanized left hand which has been paralyzed for a long time after an ailment, and doctors confirmed he has mind stroke. Based on his knowledge gained from the education as machine engineering student in high school, Wayan made it all from bike parts, computer hardware and many other scrap things.
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Brain-controlled telepresence robot gives disabled people freedom to socialize

Telepresence robot for disabled_1

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.
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BBC develops brain-controlled headset that controls iPlayer app

BBC brain controlled headset

BBC have developed a proof-of-concept prototype headset that shows how future applications like TV will be controlled with just your thought. This wearable has been developed in collaboration with “This Place” to eliminate the use of remote control for laid back entertainment without even moving a muscle. The brainwave-reading headset measures the electrical activity in your brain, and then initiates the intended action with the iPlayer app. For example, choosing from a list of programs or videos is going to be done in the blink of an eye. Read More…

Researchers developing brain-controlled HMD eyewear for AR applications

HMD by korean reaseachers

A virtual reality environment where your thoughts are transformed into the intended moment like running or grabbing something. The idea sounds pretty novel, but very hard to implement since it requires complex sensors and hardware that can track the brain and muscle signals very precisely and then translate it into the required action. This reduces the delay of mimicking the moment, just like some of the exoskeletons shown in the movie Avatar.
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Cycoped: Brain-controlled personal mobility vehicle

Cycoped Brain controlled Personal mobility vehicle

24-year old Pretom Chakraborty from Birmingham has designed a one wheeled personal commuting vehicle that is controlled by brain. Yes, this personal mobility vehicle is dubbed as Cycoped is controlled by the electrical impulses in the brain and the inspiration for making it came from the self-driven hoverchairs shown in the Wall-E movie. Cycoped (a.k.a Ecowheel) connects to the smartphone app and special goggles that register the rider’s brain impulses. The vehicle is also controlled by leaning to one side or the other, pretty similar to how Segway like personal commuters do.
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Thought controlled robotic suit introduced by Cyberdyne

Cyberdyne though controlled exoskeleton suit

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Cyberdyne, a Japanese robot making company has made a thought controlled robotic suit that it released yesterday. This robotic exoskeleton suit is in-line with their existing expertise of making robotic limbs, joints, exoskeleton suits and cleaning robots. The current version is however one step ahead of all its other robotic products. A mind controlled suit that detects the user’s brainwave signals running through the skin, and then translates them into the right kind of movement like lifting objects or moving forward.
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Paraplegic Juliano Pinto kicks-off FIFA World Cup 2014 in mind-controlled exoskeleton suit

Paraplegic Juliano Pinto kicks-off FIFA World Cup 2014 in mind-controlled exoskeleton suit

As promised a few months ago, the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil saw a very tech savvy start to the event as Juliano Pinto, a 29 year old paraplegic kicked off proceedings. At the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Juliano performed the official kick-off of football’s biggest extravaganza using the mind-controlled exoskeleton suit named as Bra-Santos Dumont (meaning Brazil and Alberto Santos-Dumont), and is developed by a team of researchers led by Brazilian neuroscientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis.
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Thought powered computer opens the door for next generation brain computer interfaces

Thought powered computer

Researchers at the Jyvakyla University, central Finland have come one step closer to inventing a thought-powered computer. The research headed by Jarno Mikkonen has successfully demonstrated what can be done using one’s thought alone. The system uses a sensor soaked in salt water that is placed on the head, and it reads brain neuron signals that pass through the surface of skull. This system has been developed to help people suffering from paralysis in their day-to-day activities and harness the underlying power of their brain to do normal activities. It can also help in develop various applications related to human-computer interfaces that can function just by brewing up thoughts in your mind, for example moving elements of a game just by thinking that they have to be moved in certain direction.
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