New developments for Honda robot

New technology from Honda has seen a robot perform actions by picking up thoughts from a human, creating new possibilities for the car industry.

Honda Motor Co. has developed a way of reading patterns of electric currents on a person's scalp, as well as changes in cerebral blood flow when a person thinks about moving the hands, running and eating.

At the firm's Tokyo headquarters a person wearing a helmet thought about moving his right hand. Cords that were attached to his head were then sent to Asimo, Honda's human-shaped robot, which seconds later lifted its right arm.

"I'm talking about dreams today," said Yasuhisa Arai, executive at the Honda Research Institute Japan. "Practical uses are still way into the future."

But Mr Arai did not rule out the possibility of a car that may some day drive itself - even without a steering wheel.

Honda said the technology was not yet ready for a live demonstration because of possible distractions in the person's thinking.

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