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Australian Army soldiers command robots with their ‘brain waves’

In May, members from 5 CSSB and the 1st/15th RNSW Lancers controlled a robot dog’s movements with their “brain waves” at Majura Training Area.

In May, members from 5 CSSB and the 1st/15th RNSW Lancers controlled a robot dog’s movements with their “brain waves” at Majura Training Area.

Sergeant Damian Robinson of the 5th Combat Service Support Battalion and Sergeant Chandan Rana of the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers successfully commanded a robot dog to move between locations through the use of an augmented reality lens and biosensors, Defence has confirmed.

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The trial, which occurred in May, was achieved through the projection of white squares – that represented waypoints – on SGT Robinson’s augmented reality lens, while a graphene biosensor monitor that was attached to the operator’s head analysed brainwaves from his visual cortex.

According to Defence, the biosensor could identify when SGT Robinson focused on a particular white square, which was then interpreted into a command for the robot dog through an artificial intelligence decoder.

The technology employed throughout the test was a HoloLens that had been integrated with University of Technology Sydney-developed technology that controlled the robotic dog.

“The whole process is not difficult to master. It’s very intuitive. It only took a couple of sessions,” SGT Robinson said.

Defence confirmed that the operator required eight two-hour sessions to manage the system.

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The system enabled the user to move the robot to six pre-determined locations.

“You don’t have to think anything specific to operate the robot, but you do need to focus on that flicker,” he said.

“It’s more of a visual concentration thing.”

Australian Army soldiers command robots with their ‘brain waves’
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