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RatCar: A Rodent Controlled Brain-Machine Interface

An experiment by researchers at the University of Tokyo points to a future where disabled persons could mind-control wheelchair motions.

Peter Jacobson
Peter Jacobson on October 6, 2010.

There’s a new rat cyborg to contend with in Japan. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have a created a brain-machine interface called RatCar. Neural electrodes are implanted into the rodent driver’s motor cortex enabling the rat to collaborate with the vehicle to create forward movement in tests. This interface could point to a future where disabled persons could mind control wheelchair motion.

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[via IEEE Spectrum]

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