BrainCo shows a robot hand that is precise enough to allow a wearer to write calligraphy
BrainCo demonstrates brain-cracking hand that allows amputees to write calligraphy and wearable that helps athletes to find their optimum state of mind
- A prosthetic hand from BrainCo is controlled by electrical signals from a brain
- The robotic appendix can be used by amputees without forearm
- It is useful enough to play the piano and even write calligraphy
- A separately portable device can read a user’s brain waves and improve focus
- The wearable has applications in fitness, sports and education
CES may be full of robots, but not many have the same grip on humanity as that of BrainCo.
Among the towering TVs, smart devices, and countless other consumer-focused gadgets, BrainCo’s line of sophisticated prosthetic hands seems to stick out – not just for their surprising capabilities, but also for their ability to change people’s lives.
The hand is designed for amputees who have lost their forearms and is controlled by judging the movement of the wearer’s own muscles.
While other prostheses have achieved similar performance, BrainCo is grainy enough that a wearer can move each individual finger, restoring not only grip but also many fine motor tasks.
The BrainCo robot hand (pictured above) can help amputees move their fingers and grasp items by reading electrical signals sent by the brain
In a demonstration the hand could grab a cup and put it back on the table. It was also able to move each digit individually
Because the device can read muscle signals, the company says the device is also more intuitive, since it is controlled by the same electrical signals sent by the brain that instruct the use of the brain’s biological hand.
In a demonstration, a wearer demonstrated the withdrawal of each digit, in addition to closing and opening all fingers simultaneously.
The wearer then showed the grip of the hand by picking up a plastic cup and laying down on a table again.
In a separate demonstration, BrainCo says that the hand can even be used to write calligraphy – meaning it can manipulate a pen and maneuver it carefully.
Capacity is not the only way that BrainCo changes the prostheses. The company says it also offers much more competitive prices than its counterparts.
Although a typical robot prosthesis can cost between $ 20,000 and $ 30,000, the BrainCo device costs between $ 10,000 and $ 15,000.
A wearable from BrainCo (pictured above) has applications in sports and education and can give users feedback on their own brain waves. This is accompanied by an app to improve focus
In addition to the prosthesis, BrainCo also displays a brain-readable wearable that the company says can be used to train a person in achieving different states of mind.
The wearable, a headset that fixes itself to someone’s head, reads the brains of a wearer and then translates it into what the company calls a ‘focus level’.
This device has applications in fitness and other forms of training where being able to relax and concentrate can give a person a head start.
Visitors to CES used their brain waves to drive toy cars as they raced across a track. The more focused they were, the faster the cars went
To demonstrate the wearable, BrainCo organized a race with participants from the CES floor, where visitors used their brain waves to propel toy cars.
By reaching a higher focus level, the car accelerates faster around the circuit.
To train wearers on how to achieve that higher level of focus, the company also has an associated app that gives users feedback and data about their brain signals.
According to BrainCo it is portable and also has an application in some high-stakes sports such as formula racing, where drivers have to pay their full attention,