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A world without limits

A world without limits
By Euronews

<p>New technologies are blurring the boundaries between the real and the virtual world. The brain can control a machine, and even perceive it as its own body. Can that improve our lives?</p> <p>At Barcelona University, scientists are working on a European Research Project to link a human brain to a robot using skin electrodes and video goggles so that the user feels they are actually in the android body wherever it is in the world.</p> <p>The electrodes measure brain impulses enabling a person to control the robot’s actions without moving their own limbs. The idea is to enable severely disabled people to enter the world via a real-life avatar.</p> <p>Using a remote avatar, anyone can travel without leaving home. But to make the experience feel more realistic, several senses need to work together. </p> <p>In a laboratory in Pisa, scientists are testing a chair that vibrates in time with 3D video playback, recreating some of the physical aspects of walking.</p> <p>An even deeper immersion into the virtual world becomes possible with robotic exoskeletons that simulate physical interactions, and with advanced 3D projection systems.</p> <p>Touching virtual objects, feeling their texture and weight, will make the digital world more natural and easier to live in.</p> <p>But what if virtual models could change the real world, making it more accessible? That’s the goal of another European project involving hundreds of diabled people in several countries.</p> <p>Scientists use cameras and sensors to study how physically impaired people move, getting a better idea of their average physical limitations.</p> <p>The data is used to simulate how motor-impaired people cope with various tasks – such as opening the glove compartment in a car.</p> <p>With these models, industrial designers will know in advance how safe and convenient their new products are, and can adapt them better for users with physical limitations.</p> <p>Seeing the screen through the eyes of someone with advanced glaucoma, using the mouse as a person with tremors… makes it easier to understand other people’s physical challenges, helping us move towards a world without limits.</p> <p>For more information see <a href="http://vereproject.eu">http://vereproject.eu</a> and <a href="http://veritas-project.eu">http://veritas-project.eu</a></p>