Thoughts Can Control Wheelchair

Someday you may sit down behind the wheel of your new Toyota vehicle, secure your seatbelt and shoulder restraint, and put on your thinking cap.  This automobile will be controlled by your thoughts.  Far-fetched you say?  Well, Toyota is showing off a new wheelchair that is controlled by the brainwaves of the user.  Wearing a cap that measures the brain’s waves, a rider can order the machine to move or turn, just by thinking.  Of course, this has the potential of providing the physically disabled the means of mobility either in a car or a wheelchair.  It could also provide the means of controlling any appliance in the home.  Read the stories below by following the links.  What other uses for this technology might exist?  I welcome your comments.

thought controlled wheelchair

Photo Credit: AFP

A researcher wearing a cap that can read brain signals rides on a wheelchair that can be steered by detecting brain waves at Riken Brain Science Institute in Wako near Tokyo, Japan.

Wheelchair 'steered by thought' unveiled
Tue, 30 Jun 2009 07:42:56 GMT

BRILLIANT: Researcher Choi Kyuwan displays a prototype electric wheelchair developed by Riken and Japan's Toyota Motor which is controlled by the user's brain waves.

Thought-steered wheelchair – cars next?
Tue, 30 Jun 2009 08:22:33 GMT

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