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Image description: Researchers from the lab of biomedical engineering professor Bin He of the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering demonstrate a system that allows people to control a flying robot using only their mind. The research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 
The researchers learned to use their thoughts to steer the robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip and sail through a ring. The technology may one day enable people who have lost speech and mobility due to neurodegenerative diseases to regain function by controlling artificial limbs, wheelchairs or other devices using only their mind. Brain waves (EEG) are picked up by the electrodes of a cap on the scalp, not a chip implanted in the brain.
Image courtesy of the University of Minnesota and the NSF.

Image description: Researchers from the lab of biomedical engineering professor Bin He of the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering demonstrate a system that allows people to control a flying robot using only their mind. The research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The researchers learned to use their thoughts to steer the robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip and sail through a ring. The technology may one day enable people who have lost speech and mobility due to neurodegenerative diseases to regain function by controlling artificial limbs, wheelchairs or other devices using only their mind. Brain waves (EEG) are picked up by the electrodes of a cap on the scalp, not a chip implanted in the brain.

Image courtesy of the University of Minnesota and the NSF.

Image description: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) “Robbie the Robot” playing a game without human direction. See more examples of how DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program is developing software to perform human-level tasks quickly and with minimal direction in this video on YouTube.

Image description: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) “Robbie the Robot” playing a game without human direction. See more examples of how DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program is developing software to perform human-level tasks quickly and with minimal direction in this video on YouTube.

Image description: A LEGO model of the Navy’s Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, part of the United States Naval Research Laboratory. The LEGO artist is William Adams, who works by day in the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence. Some of the robots that he manages are featured in his model, which he built after work hours using 13,400 LEGO pieces.

Photos by Jamie Hartman for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.