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This week in our industry roundup, it’s all about how brain computer interfacing can help patients with severe injury and paralysis; in Japan and France, a humanoid robot has capabilities to perform basic assistive tasks; in Southern Ontario, a team of researchers are building a BCI that will one day allow patients with brain injury regular communication.
1// BCI To Control a Humanoid Robot
The National Center for Scientific Research CNRS (in France) and the National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, AIST (in Japan) revealed joint research to move a human-sized robot via brain computer interface. The robot, and it’s operator, where in the same room; the operator sat at a computer wearing an EEG cap and focus on command signals flashing on the computer monitor. A scan would show which commands were chosen, and the robot would perform this action. The researchers who authored the report say the robot already has capabilities to perform basic tasks, and shows a lot of promise to help individuals with paralysis in the future.
2// Building a BCI To Communicate With Patients in Vegetative States
A team of scientists, at University of Western Ontario Brain & Mind Institute, used an MRI to communicate with a severely brain-injured man this week. The team asked the patient questions; they were able to determine answers by watching regions of his brain light up in the MRI scanner. The team, lead by neuroscientist Adrian Owen, hope to build a brain computer interface to allow patients with severe brain injury and in vegetative states to communicate in a routine manner.
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