has found a way to connect your brain directly to its ASIMO bot, by
directing the patterns of electric currents and cerebral blood flow.
What’s next: hands-free driving?
In an astounding
presentation this Tuesday at the Honda Tokyo headquarters, the car
manufacturer debuted this video presentation where a subject, donning
the heavily monitored helmet, made the ASIMO robot move, using his
According to Britebart
the robot can respond to commands to move its right hand or left hand,
trot and mimic eating – all through the power of mind control. The
project’s still in the heavy research mode and isn’t ready for a live
trial, as the helmet wearer could be too easily distracted. Also, since
brain patterns are not universally the same, each subject needs two to
three hours of study before linking up to ASIMO.
But I’m even more curious as to what happens when the sexy lab
instructor shows up? All kidding aside, this truly is a jaw-dropping
feat. This technology could enable millions of disabled people to
control robotic avatars or wheelchairs, along with numerous other
possibilities. It’s hard not to think that somewhere Ronald D. Moore is
rubbing his hands together in delight, muttering "I warned you all."
Photo from AP/Koji Sasahara