Robot Hand Controlled by Human Thought
Though the scientists say they need “several breakthroughs in related technologies, including those for brain scanning hardware, before this type of non-invasive systems will be used in daily life”, this provides hope for amputees to someday have a mechanical limb that works as well as their original one.[Source 1 - 2]
Brain-Computer Typing Interface
This video shows how to type text *WITHOUT* keyboard - just by thought. And it's serious research
Brain-Controlled RobotResearchers at the University of Washington have unveiled a "brain-controlled" robot -- basically uses "an electrode cap (a non-invasive tool generating a noisy signal), mental powers commanded the robot to walk to a block, pick it up, and set it down in a designated area."
Because of the type of brain readings they're getting, the bot is semi-autonomous, using human control for making the decisions based on video cameras, but managing the actual mechanics of the motions on its own. Right now the bot can only manage to pick up simple shapes and move them to another location, but the eventual goal is a human-controlled robot that can function in human environments, learn from its surroundings and perform meaningful tasks for its human masters[Source 1 - 2]