Successful Experiment Could Allow Paralyzed Man to Use Avatar


Scientists in Switzerland demonstrated early this morning how a partially paralyzed person could control a robot using only brain signals. The team of scientists at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne said their experiment takes them closer to enabling immobile patients through a robot avatar.

The Associated Press reports that today's demonstration involved a partially tetraplegic patient who imagined lifting his fingers to direct a robot positioned at a university 62 miles away. The AP reports that similar experiments in the U.S. and Germany involved invasive brain implants or able-bodied patients, but this morning's experiment employed a simple head cap to record brain signals.