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Student project demonstrates a robotic arm that responds to brain waves


University of Toronto student Ryan Mintz and his team have connected an Emotiv EPOC BCI headset to a robotic arm, demonstrating that one day robotic limbs or prosthetic will be easily controllable with the wearer’s brain waves.No more than a slight head movements, such as clenching your jaw or winking your eye, is enough to control the arm, but the robot can also be calibrated to respond to relaxed mind state, which is no surprise knowing the amazing feature set of the headset in question.

Although high-end scientific research projects in the field have already led to much more advanced results, just think of the first mind-controlled robotic arm that has been approved by the FDA, it is definitely a good thing that more and more student projects involve the use of BCI.

Here’s a video to show you the system in action:

Via: Engadget