U of M Researchers Use Robotic Arm to Turn Thoughts into Action

December 15, 2016 08:10 AM

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a break-through way to turn thoughts into action.

Bin He, a U of M biomedical engineering professor, has designed a robotic arm that can be controlled through thoughts. 


"Humans can control a robotic arm just by thinking about it," He said.

The user wears a specialized, high-tech cap fitted with 64 electrodes that pick up signals generated by the brain. He says this technology has the potential to help millions of patients with disabilities.

"You can control your surrounding environment," He said. "You can turn on the TV, change the channel, check your email, surf the internet. Hopefully ... potentially ... even a paralyzed patient would be able to drive a car down the road. There's lots of real-world implications for this work."

What's also unique about this technology is that it's non-invasive; rather than have a chip surgically implanted in the brain, the patient simply has to wear the EEG cap.


Ellen Galles

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