Spain. Robots Surrogates-avatars in action

Manage the power of thought, blurring the line between human and robot to merge with the machine to return to an active life avatars leave the cinema screens to rank among us.

While it is mainly a laboratory, but the day is near when 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 framework of the European research project scientists bring together human and machine, using, in particular, skin electrodes and stereo glasses. Through this symbiosis actually feels connected "to the body," a robot that can be found in the next room, and thousands of miles away. Says the project manager Christopher Bloom: "In this virtual reality, you 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 a mechanical body in some way their own. "

Electrodes attached to the skin member experiment fixed electrical impulses brain and thus allow a simple effort to control the robot consciousness. This will use this technology to people with disabilities.

Young researcher March Gonzalez explains: "The set of actions proposed in the form of just such flashing squares that flash at different times. The operator can select the action to focus only on one of the squares. Flash rate is reflected in the cerebral cortex, and we may, therefore, set on what kind of square looking people. "

Opinion of another participant of the project: "The computer is configured to recognize certain signals sent by the brain. These signals have a specific meaning: for example, "raise your hand" or "lift up the other arm", "go ahead" and so on. Our idea — to return to the active life of people with disabilities in the physical sense. In order to be able to communicate with others, to move around. With that in fact they can lie in bed or be in a wheelchair. "

Thanks to the robots, avatars, everyone will be able to travel without leaving home. But to be realistic sense of presence, it is necessary to deceive not only the vision, but also the other senses.

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