Control robots with thought? Already done!

Post date: Apr 21, 2013 12:07:47 PM

Professor Warwick of the University of Reading has had a small chip with 100 electrodes implanted into his arm and has used this to control a robot. The robot also sent feedback signals back through the implant and after as little as six weeks Professor Warwick's brain was able to process these signals as if they were coming from his own senses. He was even able to control a robot via the internet using the implant.

Professor Warwick has also been able to use live braincells extracted from a rat embryo to control a robot and has been able to see through a microscope the changes in the brain slice as neural pathways strengthened as the brain slice learnt how to control the robot better. To learn more about 'Project Cyborg', watch this BBC video.