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Mind-controlled telepresence robots could restore mobility to the disabled

June 25, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Michelle Starr / CNET

A brain-computer interface used in conjunction with telepresence robots could one day help the disabled find a measure of independence.

It may not be able to do grocery shopping or hang out laundry to dry, but a project involving current telepresence technology could help people with limited mobility get around in the form of a robotic avatar.

A team of researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface in Lausanne, Switzerland, is working on a brain-computer interface that could see disabled people using their thoughts to control telepresence robots from the comfort of their homes.

"We have been developing brain-computer interfaces for people who suffer different kinds of motor disabilities so that they can translate their mental intentions into commands for the robots," explained project leader Professor Jos� del R. Mill�n.

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