DARPA tells Duke researchers, “if a monkey can control a robotic arm with his brain, then we want soldiers to control machines of war with their thoughts.”
Control signals can be transmitted via a transmission link 114 to a device such as an actuator, prosthetic device, computer system, or other suitable device. Other devices include but are not limited to weapons or weapons systems, robots or robot systems, other commercial electronic devices that can be controlled remotely including TV, radio, mechanical bed systems stoves, ovens, and other cooking devices, other household devices that might be controlled by a remote device and used to improve the quality of life of a disabled person. Still other devices include scientific or commercial mechanical devices that work at a much larger or much smaller scale than is normal for a human, for instance optical tweezers for manipulating molecules and atoms, or earth moving equipment. Preferably, transmission link 114 comprises a wireless link such as ultra wide band (UWB) radio telemetry.