Thought-controlled robots could immerse paralysed people in the physical world


European scientists are creating new virtual reality systems that are so good they can fool people into believing they’re real, and the results are offering new ways to interact with the physical world.

Research on how the brain perceives the body – and how this perception can be altered – is leading to the development of thought-controlled robot surrogates for paralysed people and treatment for phantom limb pain in amputees.