The Australian military was able to control robots with the power of thought using a Microsoft HoloLens headset

Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset helped Australian scientists learn how to control robots with

with the power of thought. The system was developed by researchers at the University of Technology Sydney and tested by the military.

What is known

If the work of scientists is brought to an end, thenpeople will be able to control robotic systems only with the power of thought. As part of the test, the researchers used Microsoft headsets and guided a ground robot while visualizing waypoints in their head.

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Of course, such a development aroused interest amongmilitary. During the experiment, the commander forced the ground robots to explore the territory with the power of thought. The observation was carried out through the HoloLens augmented reality headset. Australian scientists have already presented their scientific article to the general public. At the same time, before publication, the military conducted tests.

The system works with sensors based ongraphene. They were developed by Australian scientists and combined with the Microsoft headset. When a person looked around using HoloLens, the sensor collected the signals supplied by the brain and transmitted them to the Raspberry Pi 4B. A single-board computer, unveiled in the summer of 2019, turned signals into instructions and sent them to the Ghost Robotics Q-UGV robotic dogs used in the experiment.

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Note that the military has long been working onbrain-computer interfaces. For example, in the United States in 2015, a paralyzed woman was able to fly a virtual model of the fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet using only the power of her mind.

The disadvantage is that the chip must beimplanted in the brain surgically, and to install sensors on the skin, you need to apply a gel. Firstly, it is inconvenient due to the fact that the soldiers have helmets. Secondly, the gel causes skin irritation and can lead to infection. Thirdly, the gel dries quickly.

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Other companies are working on such chips.First on the list, of course, is Neuralink. Elon Musk's startup has been testing brain-computer interfaces on animals and wants to start human trials. But the FDA doesn't allow it yet. Fears are connected with the threads that are implanted in the brain.

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