Developing Assistive Robots through Brain Computer Interface

The emergence of Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technology is proving a huge aid for the medical fraternity. The study of the brain’s functions through computer technologies is key for medical researchers. The past decade has witnessed the development of agile robots based on brain computer interfaces. A similar development has taken shape at Italy’s University of Cassino and Southern Lazio.

A team of researchers at the University developed an assistive robot that works on the command of brain interface signals. In order words, researchers have programmed the robot to read the ‘orders’ and ‘instincts’ of an individual’s brain. Further, it uses a computer interface based on P-300 waves. Moreover, the architecture of the robot is such that the individuals can also perform manipulative tasks. arXiv published the findings of the research.

Improving Lives of Disabled People

The new technology shall help individuals with motion disabilities. Researchers believe that these robots can improve the lives of specially-abled persons. The human neurological system sends waves of the order of P-300. The robots read the human brain’s commands through these waves. Moreover, P-300 waves help enunciate the decision-making process. 

Future Research

The researchers aim to use robotic manipulators to improve the quality of people’s lives. Further, several similar efforts towards developing assisting robots have been made in the past. However, no technology has used P-300 waves as efficiently as this one. Hence, the new assistive robots shall largely help people with disabilities.