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The research wing of Honda Motor has co-developed a brain machine interface (BMI) system that allows a person to control a robot through thought alone. Honda released a video of experiments. It shows a controller sitting in a chair with a large hemispheric scanner over his head, like the sit-down hair dryers you find in hair salons. In the video, the controller is shown one of four cards—right hand, left hand, foot and tongue—and asked to visualize making a corresponding movement. After being shown the card for the right hand he visualizes moving that hand but physically remains completely still. After an indeterminable period Honda’s Asimo robot, to which the system is hooked-up, raises its right hand.

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