Employees "Kurchatov Institute" working on a wheelchair to be controlled by gaze and the power of thought, according to "Izvestia". Developers want to provide multiple control options: joystick, eye tracker, voice control, a system of registration of signals from the brain.
Many people with severe disabilities cannot use conventional wheelchairs with the electric drive due to weakness in the hands or complete immobility. It is for these people intended development.
Currently assembled a working prototype, which is controlled by the gaze and the power of thought. In the first case, you use the eye tracker device to track the direction of gaze. The user looks at the monitor, which shows the commands: forward, backward, left and right, emergency assistance, that is, the system works like a computer mouse. He manages a wheelchair, giving a view on the desired command. A stroller can also be controlled by the power of thought to a system of registration of action currents of the brain. They are read using a special helmet with electrodes.
The developers want to add more options to manage this wheelchair so that the user can choose the most appropriate for him. This can be used the usual joystick, voice control system, cybersocial – robot manipulator that controls the movement of the markup.