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José del R. Millán, a professor at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne has unveiled a robot that can be controlled by the brain waves of a paraplegic person wearing an electrode-fitted cap.
A paralyzed man at a hospital in the town of
Sion demonstrated the
device, sending a mental command to a computer in his room, which transmitted
it to another computer that moved a small robot 60 kilometers ( 37 miles) away in . Lausanne
The system was developed by Professor José Millán who should not be unknown to our fellow readers. Millán specializes in non-invasive interfaces between machines and the brain.
The same technology can be used to drive a wheelchair, Millan said. ”Once the movement has begun, the brain can relax, otherwise the person would soon be exhausted,” he said. But the technology has its limits, he added. The brain signals can be scrambled if too many people are gathered around a wheelchair, for example.
Millan said that although the device has already been tested at patients’ homes, it isn’t as easy to use as some commercially available gadgets that employ brain signals to control simple toys, such Mattel’s popular MindFlex headset.