Automakers are always constantly brainstorming for new ideas, these also include robots. Like Honda’s ASIMO robot, Toyota’s new humanoid prototype hopes to portrait us and the functions and capabilities which we take for granted in our everyday lives. Toyota’s new humanoid stands 130cm tall and weighs 50Kg, its legs have seven degrees of freedom allowing it to run at an average speed of 7 km/h. In contrast, their rival – ASIMO’s maximum speed is only 6km/h. In order to achieve this, Toyota researchers had to develop new real-time methods for balance control. These methods make it possible for the robot to remain balanced when an external force (for example, when a 100m race gets dirty!) is applied while it is in motion.
The clever Japanese researchers at the Brain Science Institute (BSI) Toyota Collaboration Center have done something quite incredible once again. Using a wheelchair controlled by brain waves measured using EEG, it’s basically a system that will control the ride using brain waves analysed every 125 milliseconds; therefore the name “mind controlled wheelchair”.
As you will see in the video to follow, testers using the wheelchair and the EEG cap system have achieved accuracy of up to 95% which is not a bad figure considering a high tech wheelchair like this may be used in place of current manual wheelchairs for patients who have had strokes or other significant mobility impairments.