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Mitra Mind-Controlled Robot Gets Commands from Human Brainwaves

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Jul 5, 2010   Updated: Aug 22 2011 • References: cs.washington.edu and news.discovery
While sci-fi movies like Avatar and Surrogates imagine what mind-controlled robots might be like, Mike Chung, a student at the University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering department, has actually developed one. Mitra, a mind-controlled robot, uses human brainwaves as command signals.

The slow-moving Mitra is a mind-controlled robot under development, and takes several minutes to accomplish even simple tasks. See a Discovery News video of Mita in Action by visiting this link.

Implications - Removing the bulky interfaces that separate humans and technology should be of utmost importance to companies. Whether or not touch screens, human representatives or mind-control devices are implemented, it's incredibly important to make the interaction between product and customer as smooth as possible.