Thoughts turned into high-level commands: Proof-of-concept study of a vision-guided robot arm driven by functional MRI (fMRI) signals.

@article{Minati2012ThoughtsTI,
  title={Thoughts turned into high-level commands: Proof-of-concept study of a vision-guided robot arm driven by functional MRI (fMRI) signals.},
  author={Ludovico Minati and Anna Nigri and Cristina Rosazza and Maria Grazia Bruzzone},
  journal={Medical engineering & physics},
  year={2012},
  volume={34 5},
  pages={
          650-8
        }
}
Previous studies have demonstrated the possibility of using functional MRI to control a robot arm through a brain-machine interface by directly coupling haemodynamic activity in the sensory-motor cortex to the position of two axes. Here, we extend this work by implementing interaction at a more abstract level, whereby imagined actions deliver structured commands to a robot arm guided by a machine vision system. Rather than extracting signals from a small number of pre-selected regions, the… CONTINUE READING

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