Just for a minute pretend like you’re not able to move your right arm. Now try carrying out a very basic task; maybe just get up and try buttoning up your shirt’s cuff. Quite hard to do so, right? We take these natural movements of our body for granted and often forget how hard it is for people to live who have certain limitations when it comes to natural body movements. Imperial College London carried out some experiments to allow paralyzed persons and amputees to be able to express themselves a bit more easily in the near future. The technology can also be used by those who find that they have so much work that they could use an extra hand – and we mean that literally.
The team created a system that is similar to a third arm and responds to the eye movement of the user. The technology was conceived first as a mean to “extend the human body with additional limbs that will be useful in daily life” as per Aldo Faisal, the project leader.
Each eye movement, during the experiment, caused a natural movement of the robotic arm that was being used for painting a picture. Although the idea of it being used only to paint a picture may seem very rudimentary, however, the idea has a huge potential for development and it could really become something that is useful as an extra limb or as means for disabled persons to carry out daily routine tasks with ease.