Now, control a robot with just your thought

New York: Imagine grasping a mug of coffee sitting on a chair and a robotic hand brings it in front of you, thereby reducing your efforts of getting up and getting it yourself.
With new technology, such seemingly impossible feats should no longer be restricted to the realms of fantasy, research has shown.
In a study that demonstrates the potential to help millions of people with disabilities, researchers at the University of Minnesota in the US have shown that it is actually possible to control a robotic hand with only your mind.
“This is the first time in the world that people can operate a robotic arm to reach and grasp objects in a complex 3D environment using only their thoughts without a brain implant,” said lead researcher of the study Bin He, Professor at the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.
The research, published online in the journal Scientific Reports, has the potential to help millions of people who are paralysed or have neurodegenerative diseases.
The non-invasive technique, called electroencephalography (EEG) based brain-computer interface, records weak electrical activity of the participant’s brain through a specialised, high-tech EEG cap fitted with 64 electrodes and converts the “thoughts” into action by advanced signal processing and machine learning. — IANS