Researchers from France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology at their Joint Robotics Laboratory (CRNS-AIST JRL) have been developing an EEG controlled interface for a virtual avatar or a physical robot. The goal is to one day be able to allow severely paralyzed people to operate a robot on their behalf that can fetch things around the house and maybe even clean the toilet.
The system relies on artificial intelligence that understands the user’s intentions so that the robot doesn’t have to be micromanaged when performing simple tasks like walking to the end of the hall or picking up a cup. Once the user focuses on a target, the robot knows what to do with it. See for yourself in the following video:
(hat tip: Gizmag)