The Japanese Honda Research Institute, the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and Shimadzu Corporation in Japan have jointly developed a non-invasive Brain Machine Interface to control a robot. The system uses a helmet equipped with electrodes to detect changes in cerebral blood flow and electrical potential in a users head.
As the user imagines themselves moving their left hand, right hand, tongue or feet, Honda's "Asimo" robot performs corresponding gestures, such as raising its arms or legs in real time. According to Honda, an accuracy rate exceeding 90% was achieved in their tests. Honda now plans to further integrate this new technology into their current robotic systems.
Honda's press release