A breakthrough at the University of Technology, Sydney, has seen the development of technology enabling severely disabled people to control their wheelchairs with their minds.
The technology is still in development stages and is expected to be commercialised and sold within three years. The way the technology works is ingenious. It reads the brain waves of the person controlling the chair and moves forward, left, right or stops, depending on the brain wave. To move the chair forward, the user needs to think of a dice moving forward. To turn left, the user will need to compose a letter in their head. To turn right, the user will need to think of solving a maths problem and to stop, they will need to simply close their eyes.
This is a very exciting technoligical advancement and we will watch with interest as it is developed into a product to help those with disabilities into the future.