Monday, April 27, 2009

Honda Interface Lets Human Direct Asimo Robot By Thought Alone

Honda has combined two impressive but currently impractical technologies together to allow a human to control its Asimo robot simply by thinking about it. The Brain Machine Interface (BMI) uses a combination of electrical and heat scanners to identify activity in the brain, and sophisticated pattern-identification software to match that activity with specific patterns of thought it can translate into simple commands. As a demonstrator for the interface, one version of Honda’s humanoid Asimo robot was configured to respond to control signals it receives from the BMI setup using a wireless data connection. This BMI is a second for Honda which developed one in 2006 that was based on Functional Magnetic Resistance Imaging (fMRI), which creates images of the brain by monitoring changes in a magnetic… View this post

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