CES 2017: Robotics and artificial intelligence to help people with disabilities

The American start-up, BrainRobotics, presented at CES 2017, the largest electronics fair in the world which runs January 5-8 in Las Vegas, a prosthetic hand capable to interpret the signals sent from the user’s residual muscles.

Thanks to the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence, the high technology sector offers new hope to improve the lives of people with disabilities, reported EFE.

BrainRobotics founder, Bicheng Han, said he wants “to provide a low cos, functional prosthesis” to enable precise control of the force exerted by each finger.

The company anticipates that by the end of this year, the prosthesis can be sold at the price of $ 300.

The prosthesis is initially calibrated for each individual. By training the artificial intelligence, the user provides a data basis repeating each gesture on several occasions. The procedure, which can be done at home, should last on average one month per user, resulting in working at least 50% of the residual muscles.

Another innovative product developed by Israeli company Orcam and presented at CES is a small device called MyEye that discreetly adapts to a normal pair of glasses.

The device contains a camera that is able to see what is in front of the user and also a small speaker. So, the user can read a text, identify products in a supermarket or even recognize people, thanks to this visual recognition technology.

Hyundai’s ambition is to improve paralysis by creating a robotic exoskeleton. A prototype shown at CES is addressed especially to paraplegic persons to whom it restores the ability to stand up, walk and even climb stairs, according to Jung Kyungmo, a research engineer working for the South Korean company.

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