Robot avatar body controlled by thought alone

2019-03-01 07:07:01

By Helen Thomson IMAGINE trekking across the Sahara, popping in to see a friend in France, and admiring Niagara Falls, all without moving from your home. And what if you could do this despite being unable to move your limbs? For the first time, researchers have used fMRI – which detects your brain activity in real time – to allow someone to embody a robot hundreds of kilometres away using thought alone. “The ultimate goal is to create a surrogate, like in Avatar, although that’s a long way off yet,