Thought-Controlled Wheelchair

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The BBC published an article recently about some scientists in Switzerland unveiling of the world’s first thought-controlled wheelchair.  To control the wheelchair’s movement you simply have to think about moving your arms left or right and the chair follows suit.  Quite a remarkable invention that will lead to great things!

The near future: I expect to see this type of technology integrated in daily tasks which are currently housed in smartphones, car dashboards, and personal computers.  Imagine changing channels on a TV or switching web pages on a browser simply by thinking about it. 

The distant future: A universe of information at the tips of your thoughts; conducting Google searches by thoughts while in the middle of an intellectual conversation with a colleague — without any indications in the physical world that you are conducting such research. Integrated with some sort of optical-neural device such as the contact lenses I discussed earlier this year.



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