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Kickstarter: EEG-Based Telepresence Robot Controller
August 19, 2011 | William Zimmerman
You're probably familiar with telepresence robot or two. We even had one rolling around the TechCrunch office for a while. They generally have fairly simple navigation interfaces: forward, back, turn left, turn right, and some controls for the camera and speaker. The trouble is that these controls are generally accessed by traditional means: keyboard, mouse, or handheld controller. And a major application of telepresence is allowing people unable to get around on their own to do so virtually. People with extremely limited mobility often aren't able to reliably use their fingers or limbs, so custom systems using head inclination, blowing and sucking, and eye tracking are necessary.
Robert Oschler is a robot and telepresence enthusiast who has been making his own software for years. The latest version of his Robodance client adds support for the EPOC EEG-monitoring PC peripheral, and he's hoping to get a little support on Kickstarter. Isn't that something worth throwing a couple bucks at?
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