Add-On Technology Allows Electric Wheelchairs to be Controlled by Thoughts

Researchers led by Kiran George at California State University, Fullerton, have developed an affordable ‘mind-controlled’ electric wheelchair by combining a mobile application with a specialized headset that detects brain waves. The system, which is controlled by specific thoughts and facial expressions, can be easily retrofitted to existing electric wheelchairs, and will be priced under $150, making it more affordable for those in need. Further development is ongoing to improve the system before making it more widely available.

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