Thought-Controlled Robotic Wheelchair
Imagine controlling a wheelchair just by thought. Researchers in Spain are developing just such a thing. Other researchers have done similar projects, but this one uses a non-invasive device attached to the head and is mobile.
Using EEGs, or electroencephalogram electrodes, two 800-MHz computers can decode brain waves and make the wheelchair turn right, left or stop. Using mapping software, the researchers hope to be able to be able to process commands like “go to the kitchen.”
In addition, the wheelchair has a laser mounted in front which constantly scans the environment, allowing the wheelchair to detect and go around obstacles.