A mind-controlled wheelchair that translates brain signals into wheel movements brings hope to more than 5.4 million Americans with motor disabilities.
The technology, created by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, includes a skullcap with 31 electrodes designed to detect signals in the brain region regulating movement and a laptop fixed on the wheelchair so the AI could translate the signals into wheel movements.
And all patients have to do is imagine they are moving their hands and feet.
To move right, the users imagined moving both arms and to move left, they imagined moving both legs.
'The concept of a thought-powered wheelchair has been studied for years, but most projects have used non-disabled subjects or stimuli that lead the device to more or less control the person rather than the other way around,' the researchers shared in a press release.
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