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Robot Body Surrogates Help People With Profound Motor Impairments

An augmented reality interface system could help people with profound motor impairments operate a humanoid robot to feed themselves and perform routine personal care tasks. Such tasks might include feeding and performing routine personal care tasks such as scratching an itch and applying skin lotion. The web-based interface displays a “robot’s eye view” of surroundings […]

Texture Identity Is Encoded In Cortical Neuron Response

Information about texture is transmitted from sensors in the skin and through the nerves to the somatosensory cortex, the part of the brain responsible for interpreting the sense of touch. New research by neuroscientists at the University of Chicago shows that as neurons in this part of the brain process this information, they each respond […]

Controlling Robots With Brainwaves And Hand Gestures

Getting robots to do things isn’t easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via language. But what if we could control robots more intuitively, using just hand gestures and brainwaves? A new system spearheaded by researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) […]

Artificial Sensory Nerve Circuit Identifies Braille Letters

An artificial sensory nerve system that can identify letters in the Braille alphabet and activate the twitch reflex in a cockroach has been developed by Stanford and Seoul National University researchers. The work is a step toward creating artificial skin for prosthetic limbs, to restore sensation to amputees and, perhaps, one day give robots some […]