Mind-Controlled Robots Tested By Australian Army

Distinguished Professor Chin-Teng Lin and Professor Francesca Iacopi, from the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT, with collaborating the Australian Army and Defence Innovation Hub, have to develop mind-controlled robots that are being tested by the Australian Army.

Scientists from the University of Technology Sydney have developed new biosensor technology that actually makes mind reading possible! No, not like a fortune teller; this new technology allows people to operate devices, such as robots and machines, solely via thought-control. You think, and the robot acts.

Researchers add this exciting breakthrough holds positive implications for the fields of healthcare, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing. This advanced brain-computer interface was developed by Distinguished Professor Chin-Teng Lin and Professor Francesca Iacopi, from the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT, in collaboration with the Australian Army and Defence Innovation Hub.

The astounding technology was recently demonstrated by the Australian Army. Soldiers operated a Ghost Robotics quadruped robot using the new brain-machine interface. That demonstration displayed hands-free command of the robotic dog with up to 94 percent accuracy.

Besides its potential use for defensive and military purposes, the technology holds serious promise in fields such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and healthcare. For example, helping people with disabilities control a wheelchair or operate prosthetics.

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