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Mind Controlled Wheelchair

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posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 03:04 PM
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Yet another great development from the land of the rising sun.



A University of Electro-Communications team of researchers
led by professor Kazuo Tanaka has developed a prototype of
an electric wheelchair that the user can steer simply by thinking
of which direction he or she would like to go.

The wheelchair interprets the user’s intended direction by means
of a skull cap outfitted with a system of sensors. The sensors read
the brain waves, enabling the user to control the wheelchair’s
direction simply by thinking “move left” or “move right.”
Tests have shown that the wheelchair has an 80% degree of
accuracy in interpreting the user’s intentions and moving in the
desired direction.


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Pink Tentacle


Definately a great device for those people unfortunate enough to be disabled.
Only real thing I see wrong with this, it'll make people more lazy.




posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 05:43 PM
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Correct me if Im wrong, but doesnt Stephen Hawking already ride around in something like this? or is that just using eye movements? But he also has an interface he can talk with too, i think.



posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 06:20 PM
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He has control of one hand, that's the one he uses to
manipulate the control pad on the arm rest.
He types out what he wants to say, I think,
probably controls the chair to.



posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 07:48 PM
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Originally posted by iori_komei
Definately a great device for those people unfortunate enough to be disabled.
Only real thing I see wrong with this, it'll make people more lazy.


How do you figure that?



posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 08:04 PM
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About being lazy and since Hawking was menchened. If I rember right from seeing his movie. Prior to him finding out he had a degrentive desise, he was not applaying him self to well. After finding out about it he began working much more dillagent. So with him the lazy aspect was some what backwards to what was menchened.



posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 08:13 PM
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Originally posted by Byrd

Originally posted by iori_komei
Definately a great device for those people unfortunate enough to be disabled.
Only real thing I see wrong with this, it'll make people more lazy.


How do you figure that?


I was'nt thinking about people with normal electric wheelchairs when I wrote that, I was thinking more like people would'nt have to move the wheelchair physically, but seeing how that electric wheelchairs pretty much do that anyhow, my point is moot.



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