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Thought-Controlled Wheelchair

thought-controlled wheelchair prototype

The laboratory prototype of the Toyota/Riken wheelchair is operated with an EEG detector run by a laptop.

Credit: Riken

Carmaker Toyota has teamed up with the Riken Brain Science Institute to create a computer the reads the brainwaves of a person seated in a wheelchair to control the chair's movement. The technology allows a person to move around smoothly in a light wheeled vehicle.

"This system based on so-called motor imaginery paradigm. So, a subject after training, he imagines movement of the limbs: right hand, left hand and feet," says Andrzej S. Cichocki, Riken-Toyota Collaboration Lab Head.

The research team has big plans for the future of the technology, but an immediate goal is to improve it so that it can be used by those most paralyzed.

View a video of the wheelchair in operation.

From New Tang Dynasty Television
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