Robots controlled by human brain cells

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Robotics is one area of technology where there is lot of RnD is being done. Now british scienticts are on track to develop a new robot which they say that it will be controlled by a blob of human brain cells. Sounds like a sci-fi movie but this is true.

This experiment is being leaded by a team at Reading university which has already used Rat brain cell to steer a simple-wheeled robot. Now they are going a step ahead of using human brain cells.

In fact, for the robot with rat brain cells, 300,000 rodent neurons grown in a nutrient broth and producing spikes of electrical activity were connected to output of the robot's distance sensors. The neurons proved capable of steering the robot around a small enclosure.

According to the scientists, observing how the neuron culture responds to stimulation can improve the understanding of neurological conditions such as epilepsy.

To make the system a better model of human disease, a culture of human neurons will be connected to the robot once the current work with rat cells is completed. This will be the first instance of human cells being used to control a robot.

Their one of the aim is to find the difference between the robots controlled by Human cells and Rat cells. success of this may lead to next level of Robotical engineering this is far away from Artificial intelligence. Lets wait and watch for the future.

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