Scientist eats, drinks and paints simultaneously

Scientist eats, drinks and paints simultaneously

Written by Staff Writer

24 Oct, 2015 | 4:24 pm

Have you ever imagined to paint a picture with just the movement of your eyes? but here’s to that.

Scientists from Imperial College London have developed a computer software that enables a person to control a robotic arm to paint a picture using just the movement of their eyes.

Researchers say the technology demonstrates a potential use for robots to help people extend their range of abilities and do more than one task at a time.

At the college’s Brain and Behaviour Lab, engineers have taken a robotic arm and devised a system for it to be used as an extension of the human body. Instead of following a set of computer commands, the robot arm is guided by a tracker that follows the direction of the eyes, with an algorithm translating the path of the user’s gaze into commands that control the robotic arm reports Reuters.

On Wednesday (October 14), in what the team says was quite possibly a world first, a researcher used the technology to paint a picture while simultaneously eating a croissant and drinking coffee.

The technology could have a massive impact on the lives of people suffering from debilitating conditions like multiple sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Parkinson’s Disease.

The researchers are now looking for partners to commercialise the technology, while working on making the software even more intuitive so that it becomes a seamless interface between man and machine.

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