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article imageVideo: Mind-controlled robots, they somewhat exist now

By Can Tran     Nov 14, 2012 in Technology
Researchers from France and Japan have collaborated on creating mind-controlled robots for various medical applications. This is still a work in progress.
Cybernetics and mind-controlled robots seemed something out of a science-fiction novel, movie, or Japanese anime series. This is something you'd see out of things like “Robocop,” “Terminator,” “Ghost In The Shell,” “Appleseed,” “Battle Angel Alita,” “I, Robot,” and many other shows and films. However, that type of technology is starting to penetrate reality; but unlike the movies, the progress is slow and steady.
Metal worker Nigel Ackland, who lost his right forearm at an accident at work, gave a demonstration of how his bionic replacement worked. From the demonstration, the controls were precise. Ackland was able to move it around like an actual human hand.
Now, mind-controlled robots are in the work. A video shows progress made by both Japanese and French researchers. Currently, this is a work in progress. Researchers hope to utilize this technology for medical applications. This is an example on how international collaboration bears the proverbial juicy fruits of labor.
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