Euronews Futuris : A World Without Boundaries


Published on November 13, 2012 by 

http://fr.euronews.com/ The human mind can control a machine, seeing it as if it were his own body. New technologies are blurring the boundaries between reality and virtual world. Can this be used to improve our lives? 

At the University of Barcelona, ​​a group of researchers working on a European project that connects the human brain to a robot, via electrodes and special glasses.The user has the feeling of actually being inside the android body located anywhere in the world. “In virtual reality, you represent by signs in another three-dimensional space, and within that space, when you look down you see that you have a body and interacting, “says Kristopher J. Blom, VERE project leader at the University of Barcelona. “You feel that this virtual representation that is somewhat see my body. And this is interesting because the brain actually agree to some extent, as your body.” electrodes that measure brain impulses to control the robot’s actions without urge to move the limbs. 

The aim is to open up the world to people with severe disabilities, to be able to walk through a robot, as if it were an avatar. “What we see here are squares that flicker at different frequencies,” says Mar Gonzalez neuroscience graduate student at the University of Barcelona. “The operator acts simply paying attention to them. The frequency at which this square is blinking played in the visual cortex, we can know what you are looking square.” “The computer is ready to recognize some signals from the brain, with specific meanings-for example, a signal may mean ‘move your arm’, another signal can mean ‘move the other arm’ or ‘forward’, etc., “says Mel Slater, VERE project coordinator. “The idea is that the disabled person returns to the world in a physical sense, being able to interact with people, to move, but in reality you are in bed or in a wheelchair.” “I need your clothes, your boots and your bike, “said the android. 

Due to a remote avatar, anyone can travel without leaving home. To make the experience more realistic, it is necessary to put several ways to work together. “device has a stereo camera to record video in three dimensions, an accelerometer and a gyroscope sensor for recording the vibrations and the angular velocity of the head, and a dual microphone for recording audio in three dimensions, “says Daniele Leonardis, a student at the School for Advanced Studies in Santa Ana in this laboratory in Pisa, scientists test a seat that vibrates in tune with a video, recreating some of the physical characteristics that occur when walking. “personified station integrate some sort of vestibular feedback, inertial perception during movement, like it was recorded using accelerometers and other sensors that the person carries on the actual hike “says Massimo Bergamasco, Professor of Theory of Mechanisms and Machines, School of Advanced Studies Santa Ana ‘s even possible a deeper immersion in the virtual world, thanks to robotic exoskeletons that simulate physical interactions, together with advanced systems projection in three dimensions. 

Antonio Frisoli, Head of the Human-Robot Interaction, School of Advanced Studies in Santa Ana: “With the season complete personified we provide the user a rich sensory experience, including vestibular-stimulation-motion, contact simulation, visual and acoustics to fully recreate the feeling of being in a body, which can be a virtual body when you move into a virtual environment or an avatar or a robot that interacts in a real environment. ” Play virtual objects, feel their texture and weight will make the digital world more natural, in short, an easier place in which to live. But what if you could change the virtual models the real world, making it more accessible? This is the aim of another European project involving hundreds of people with disabilities from various countries.SÃguenos: In YouTubehttp://bit.ly/xjG7il On Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/euronews . Fans On Twitter:http://twitter.com/euronewses

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The human mind can control a machine, seeing it as if it were his own body. New technologies are blurring the boundaries between reality and virtual world. Can this be used to improve our lives?

At the University of Barcelona, ​​a group of researchers working on a European project that connects the human brain to a robot, via electrodes and special glasses. The user has the feeling of actually being inside the android body located anywhere in the world.

“In virtual reality, you represent by signs in another three-dimensional space, and within that space, when you look down you see that you have a body and interacting,” says Kristopher J. Blom, VERE project leader at the University of Barcelona. “You feel that this virtual representation that is somewhat see my body. And this is interesting because the brain actually agree to some extent, as your body. ”
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