Toyota Developing Neurofeedback Technology
July 3rd 2009
Toyota Motor Corp. has developed a wheelchair that can be steered by brainwaves alone.
Toyota Motor Corp. has developed a wheelchair that can be steered by brainwaves alone, according to several reports.
Although the technology is not new, Toyota’s system is by far the fastest. It detects brain waves and relays them to a brain scan electroencephalograph (EEG) in 125 thousandths of a second.
With Toyota’s technology, a person wears a cap wired with neurofeedback sensors. The brain waves are received by a computer and applied to the wheelchair. Toyota says the wheelchair user has the capability to turn right or left almost instantly, according to the Associated Press. Stopping the wheelchair requires that the person puff a cheek
The technology is part of an effort by Toyota and rival Honda to expand beyond automobiles.
Neither Japanese automaker has announced plans to commercialize its technology, emphasizing that it still remains in a period of research, according to AP.