JUL 30, 2018 05:21 AM PDT

A Robotic Helping Hand

Ever wish you had a way to get more done? Scientists at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute in Kyoto Japan might be able to give you a hand…a robotic hand that is. While neuroscientists and medical engineers have spent decades looking for ways for amputees or patients with paralysis to use robotics, the latest development is a third arm that can augment what a human can do, and it’s controlled via a brain-computer interface. Tests on the prototype showed that out of fifteen test subjects, eight were able to use their two arms to balance a ball on a tray in front of them, while using the interface and their brain waves to get the third arm to pick up a water bottle.

It started with asking study volunteers to imagine opening and closing their hand to pick up an object. The researchers recorded these brain signals and using AI were able to turn it into an instruction for the robotic arm. It’s a small advance, but it’s a start. Having a third robotic arm that can assist a person in performing a task, without wires, would be a huge advantage. The work represents a big leap in brain-controlled robotics. The researchers hope to find a way to use the interface technology to possibly retrain the brain after injury or illness.

About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
SEP 10, 2018
Videos
SEP 10, 2018
The Difference Between Marijuana and Hemp
What's the difference between Marijuana and Hemp? Watch the video below to find out exactly how they differ. Both hemp and marijuana belong to the same...
SEP 12, 2018
Health & Medicine
SEP 12, 2018
Before You Tear the Moldy Portion of Your Bread Off and Call it Good... Watch This
While most people cringe at the thought of a moldy piece of bread lurking in their refrigerator, there exist bolder people who will gladly tear the moldy b...
SEP 26, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
SEP 26, 2018
Musical Instrument-inspired Chemical Sensor
The connections between art and science are everywhere. To find them one needs a pair of curiosity-driven eyes, or ears. According to a recent article in t...
OCT 08, 2018
Videos
OCT 08, 2018
What Is Brain Hacking and What Can We Do With It?
What exactly is “brain hacking?” Well, it sounds nefarious, but it’s actually about connecting the brain to external devices and monitors...
OCT 08, 2018
Technology
OCT 08, 2018
The SolarFlower is a Promising New Take on Solar Energy
Solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source with promising applications in the near future as solar panel technology matures. SmartFlower is an int...
OCT 14, 2018
Videos
OCT 14, 2018
Counteracting Plastic Straws by Using Plant Fibers
According to the United Nations, ocean plastics kill an estimated 100,000 marine mammals annually—and straws are much to blame. Already, the state of...
Loading Comments...