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Introduction

  • Shane Xie
  • Wei Meng
  • Ye Ma
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Abstract

For many centuries, people have speculated that humans could control devices and transfer ideas directly by means of biological signals and without any physical movements. If this could become a reality, it would help the disabled to physically engage with the world. Science fiction has long speculated the use of bio-signals to communicate information between humans and machines. Recent developments in biomechatronics could open a window that allows the brain to directly communicate with the outside world. These developments can potentially bring independence and an improved quality of life to millions of individuals who have mobility impairments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.School of Information EngineeringWuhan University of TechnologyWuhanChina
  4. 4.Ningbo UniversityNingboChina

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