Tagged: University of Minnesota

Researchers develop EEG-based, non-invasive robotic arm that converts thoughts into action  

EEG-Based Robotic Cap
A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota have achieved a breakthrough success in the field of prosthesis by developing a non-invasive technology that doesn’t require any implant to transmit brain-signals.  The researchers have developed EEG-based robotic arm that a subject can control through thoughts. As per a study published in Scientific Reports, an electroencephalography (EEG) based brain-computer interface can record even weak electrical singles in the brain of the subject.  The set-up includes a specialized EEG cap that houses 64 electrodes.  The cap processes the signals to transmit it to the robotic arm to grasp or move a subject to specific direction. Read More…

Brain-controlled helicopter is the pinnacle of brain-computer interfaces

Brain-controlled helicopter quadcopter

Unlike some of the quadcopters featured earlier at our portal this one will completely blow you as it is a thought controlled helicopter that soars into the sky. Developed by a team of scientists led by engineering professor Bin He at University of Minnesota, this though-controlled helicopter is the perfect example of Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) making it quite capable of being just controlled by thoughts of your brain. The user is fitted with cap having 64 electrodes that detect electrical signals of brain wave activity using the EEG (electroencephalography) and then converting the signals into the control signals for the helicopter. The cap detects the brainwave activity close to the scalp where motor cortex portion of the brain is located and therefore is able to read the user’s intention about moving the helicopter in 3D space.
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