Controlling Turtle Motion with Human Thought

Researchers in Korea are developing a technology that will allow humans to control turtles through thought alone. This is achieved without having to implant any device inside the turtle's brain. Nor does it involve telekinetic powers.

It takes advantage of the fact that a turtle will reliably walk towards a white light, because of their instinctive escape behavior. So the turtle wears a "stimulation device" that blocks its view except in a specific direction that can be remotedly adjusted by a human wearing a "brain-computer interface." The interface can pick up simple thought commands: left, right, or idle. It then transmits the command to the turtle stimulation device, which adjusts its position, and the turtle walks in the desired direction.

The researchers note that their system "could have military applications such as reconnaissance and surveillance," and also "this system could be used in unconventional applications such as immersive virtual reality systems that give the user a sense of oneness with the controlled animal, as if it were their surrogate agent."

More info: Science Daily

     Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 01, 2017
     Category: Animals | Science | Experiments

I can control my "turtle" with human thought.
Posted by F.U.D. on 04/01/17 at 10:11 AM
I think you would need to miniaturize the apparatus to create a spying mechanism.
Posted by RobK on 04/03/17 at 10:34 AM
Not sure about the military applications at this time. It seems it would be a very SLOOOOWWW reconnaissance if they're planning on using turtles. Anything they were supposed to be watching would probably already be over by the time the turtles got there! 😊
Posted by Kyle Morgan on 04/03/17 at 11:13 AM
Or... you could use a LOGO turtle.
Posted by Richard Bos on 04/05/17 at 04:45 PM
Seems like an overly complicated way to make soup.
Posted by Virtual on 04/05/17 at 04:59 PM
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