Follow us on
Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » Science & Technology
Meet Baxter - The mind control robot which responds to commands triggered by thinking

Tuesday March 7, 2017 6:19 PM, & Agencies

[The robot gets embarrassed when it makes an incorrect decision (Photo: MIT CSAIL)]

A robot that can be controlled using thoughts has been created by researchers. The mind control robot responds to commands triggered by thinking, rather than electronic or voice commands.

The robot, designed by researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, can understand signals from a human connected to an ECG machine and respond to negative signals regarding its actions, Telegraph reported.

The MIT CSAIL researchers designed the robot, called Baxter, to sort objects into two categories, paint and wire, with instruction from a human's brain. It chose to place objects into the two boxes, but changed its mind when it received feedback from the connected human that it was doing something wrong.

Connected to the robot via an ECG machine, a negative thought from the human triggered an almost instantaneous reaction.

"As you watch the robot, all you have to do is mentally agree or disagree with what it is doing," said Daniela Rus, director of MIT CSAIL. "You don't have to train yourself to think in a certain way, the machine adapts to you."

The researchers hope the though-control technology could be applied to a range of robotics, including manufacturing robots and self-driving cars. It could also be used to control prosthetic limbs or in communications tools.

"Imagine being able to instantaneously tell a robot to do a certain action without needing to type a command, push a button or even say a word," said Rus. "A streamlined approach like that would improve our abilities to supervise factory robots, driverless cars and other technologies we haven't even invented yet."

The system also includes the ability for the robot to ask a human for advice if it's unsure about its decision. This opens up a dialogue between the human and machine through constant yes or no feedback.

"This work brings us closer to developing effective tools for brain-controlled robots and prostheses," said Wolfram Burgurd, an independent computer science professor at the University of Freiburg.

"Given how difficult it can be to translate human language into a meaningful signal for robots, work in this area could have a truly profound impact on the future of human-robot collaboration."



Share this page
More Headlines
Inflammation in regeneration is beneficial or risk - Scientists research
Lacking in Job Satisfaction? Maintain your sex life and see the results
Latest research reveals early periods link with risk of gestational diabetes
Maharashtra Class 12 HSC paper leaked on social media; Four arrested
AIMIM Telangana MLA Kausar Mohiuddin booked for 'assaulting' woman
Upset over Mumbai BMC poll debacle, Owaisi to induce fresh blood into AIMIM Maharashtra unit
Conspiracy charges against Advani, other BJP, VHP leaders in Babri Masjid case may be revived
How safe are online pharmacies?
Madrassas and Sarswati Shishu Mandirs can't be tarred with the same brush
Watchdog approves two drugs for treatment of bowel cancer
Organ-on-a-chip model offers clues to Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome
Netanyahu suggests law to prevent streets being named after Nobel peace winner Yasser Arafat
EKOS Research poll shows four in five Canadians back Israeli boycott
After Ramzan and Qabristan jibes, Prime Minister Modi urges 'Muslim Brothers' to join hands
Syed Shahabuddin - Top bureacurate who refused ministerial berths to speak for Muslims
Now, Sikh man shot at in US; Masked white attacker yelled 'go back to your own country'
RRB NTPC Stage II Exam: Results in process, boards need more time to finalise
After techie, Indian-origin businessman shot dead in US
Protest over "out of syllabus" Class 12 paper leaves girl, cop injured
BJP to support Shiv Sena nominees in Mumbai Mayor, Dy Mayor elections: Fadnavis
Vishvanath Mahadeshwar, Hareshwar Worlikar Sena nominees for Mayor, Dy Mayor posts in Mumbai

 Post Comments
Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of