Beyond Theory Robotics has applied to present something we are calling:
Human Robotic Interfacing: Controlling machines with you mind and body.
Interactive hands on experiences in which attendees can learn how their brainwaves and muscle impulses can be used to command physical devices and digital software.
Our company is developing robotic prosthesis to improve the quality of the lives of people who need them. Through our process we have developed a high understanding of how the brain and muscles communicate through the body to control movement of limbs. We want to share a part of what we have learned and have people experience interactions with machines that are novel and exciting. Leaving with a greater understanding of how this technology works and the possibilities for its use in the future.
Interactive/Hands on activity for public description:
We plan to have two activities:
One is a way for users to visualize their brain waves. Using EEG (headset) technology and custom software we have developed, people can see a representation of their signal patterns and learn to manipulate patterns and colors with nothing more than their thoughts.
The second is a physical ball in maze game in which players use their muscle impulses (EMG) or a gyroscopic glove to control (backup) the pitch and roll of a plane guiding the ball to the end. The physical game will be about the size of a laptop and depending on the aptitude of the user should only take a few minutes to complete.
We are still pending approval but we are still very excited about the possibility and wanted to share.