Friday, June 02, 2006

RPS 5000

  • Robot Hand controlled by thought alone: A robotic hand controlled by the power of thought alone has been demonstrated by researchers in Japan.  The robotic hand mimics the movements of a person's real hand, based on real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of their brain activity. It marks another landmark in the advance towards prosthetics and computers that can be operating by thought alone.
BY THOUGHT ALONE!1!!  Well, kinda. They have the subjects form their hand into rock, paper or scissors, the fMRI takes a shot of their brain state and trains the computer to recognize it.  Then when they make the gesture again, the robot hand replicates it.
So not all that spectacular really. It's not like they've taught it to replicate the gestures of RPS-25 or something.. THAT would be impressive. Observe:
300 non- tie outcomes, and of course the image is available on the usual Cafe Press items . I like the clock.
Of course, I much prefer the much simpler and elegant design of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Spock-Lizard:
There's even a little Javascript version of the game.
Alternately, here's a Flash version of standard RPS

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