Researchers in Japan have invented a device that enables one to control a miniature Gundam robot with their mind. The team started with a standard mobile suit Zaku Gundam robot toy from Bandai’s Zeonic Technics line that allows users to manually program using a smartphone app. The NeU researchers, a joint venture between Tohoku University and Hitachi, then used that to develope a version that moves in response to brain activity. Read more for a video and additional information.
The system basically consists of a special headband-like device that syncs with the robot. Next, the headband was programmed tio send brain activity data to the Zeionic Technica app, which in turn triggers movements from the robot. It’s currently just a prototype, so you probably won’t be seeing a mind-controlled version in stores anytime soon, but the future is full of surprises.
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