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Japanese Scientists Create Mind Control Tech for Robot

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The NeU team's prototype mind-control headband device.

Japanese scientists have created a device that allows anyone to control a mini toy Gundam robot with their mind.

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Japanese scientists have engineered a prototype device that allows anyone to control a miniature toy Gundam robot with thought.

The researchers customized a mobile suit Zaku Gundam robot toy, which lets buyers manually program the device with the Zeionic Technica smartphone application.

A team from NeU, a joint venture between Tohoku University and Hitachi, designed a version of the toy that moves in response to brain activity received through a headband-like device that synchronizes with the robot.

The device is programmed to transmit brain activity data to the app, which then translates those signals into movements.

The headband quantifies three different levels of brain activity, each connected to a particular movement sequence.

Zeonic said the Zaku package is intended to be a tool for teaching robotics and programming fundamentals.

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