November 15, 2012 18:42
In Spain, are already developing a robot "Avatar" or "surrogate".
Control by thought, blurring the line between human and robot to merge with the machine to return to an active life avatar leaving cinemas to take place among us. While it is mainly a laboratory, but the day is near when the new items can really improve the quality of life of people — mainly those whose physical abilities are limited.
At the University of Barcelona in the European research project, scientists bring together man and machine, using, in particular, skin electrodes and stereo glasses. Thanks to this symbiosis actually feels connected "in the body," a robot that can be in the next room, and thousands of miles away. Says the project manager Christopher Bloom: "In this virtual reality you can see nothing but a three-dimensional space. You lower your eyes and see your own body, you know that it responds to the signals. And you get the feeling that here it is, to some extent your own body. This is an interesting phenomenon: your brain perceives the body as mechanical in some way their own. "
Electrodes attached to the skin experiment participant, record the electrical impulses of the brain, and thus allow them to control the robot simple effort of consciousness. This will allow to use this technology to people with disabilities.
Young researcher March Gonzalez explains: "The set of actions available as of now flashing squares that flash at different times. The operator can select the action, focusing their attention only on one of the squares. Flash rate is reflected in the cerebral cortex, and we can, therefore, set to square what kind looking man. "
Opinion of another participant: "The computer is set up to recognize some of the signals sent by the brain. These signals have a definite meaning: for example, "raise your hand" or "lift up his other hand," "Go ahead," and so on. Our idea — to return disabled people to an active life in the physical sense. In order to enable them to communicate with others, to move. Though in reality they can lie in bed or be in a wheelchair. "
Thanks robots, avatars, everyone will be able to travel without leaving home. But that was a realistic sense of presence, it is necessary to deceive not only vision, but also the other senses.