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Toyota Brain Machine Interface Wheelchair - Click above for high-res image gallery

You shouldn't need Professor X-style telekinetic powers to move a wheelchair using only your mind, at least not according to Toyota. The World's Largest Automaker is busily developing its Brain Machine Interface, which uses thought-control and brain wave analysis technologies in an attempt the make life better for elderly or handicapped people.

A series of electrodes are attached to the scalp and measure the brain activities associated with certain thoughts. The BMI then displays those signals on an attached screen and can create a set of instructions that may be useful in all kinds of scenarios, including to move an electric wheelchair.

According to Toyota, the company's BMI technology has advanced to the point where it's practically instantaneous (the delay is just 125 milliseconds), is 95-percent accurate and will adapt itself to any user's thought patterns. Next logical question: How long until our cars come sans pedals and steering wheels? Thanks for the tip, FaLeX!



[source: Dawn.com | Photo by YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty]

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Their cars may be lame, but man that's cool.

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Yep can't & won't knock them when they make these advances (hats off)

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Not a surprising development; that's where their demographic is heading anyway (the elderly). :P

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Somehow I can imagine a villain in a movie w/ one of these, plus thought-controlled weaponry added.

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Not a surprising development; that's where their demographic is heading anyway (the elderly). :P

Your right...Scion will fail to win very much of the youth, and eveything they have is as bland as three day old pancake syrup.

Be interesting to see what happens with the RWD Sport coupe project they are working on with Suburu. Scuttlebut is the project is "ON" again...

Chris :convertible:

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