Researchers at the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory (a collaboration between France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) are developing software that allows a person to control a robot with their thoughts alone. The operator wears a electroencephalography (EEG) cap outfitted with electrodes that read the electrical activity in the operator’s brain. The electrical activity is then interpreted by a signal processor. The operator focuses his attention on a symbol on a computer screen in order to control the robots actions.
According to Giz Magazine:
“The system does not provide direct fine-grain motor control: the robot is simply performing a preset action such as walking forward, turning right or left, and so on. The robot’s artificial intelligence, developed over several years at the lab, allows it to perform more delicate tasks such as picking up an object from a table without needing human input.”
The researchers are working to improve the system and software in order to expand the number of available commands.
The video below shows a man controlling the robot with thoughts alone.