This Robot Can Help Quadriplegics Paint Pictures with Just Their Eyes

October 28, 2015 | Kelly Tatera

Photo credit: Imperial College London

Sit back, use your imagination, and let the robot do the painting for you.

One day, you might be able to make a masterpiece by simply envisioning it in your mind. Researchers at the Imperial College London have crafted a smart robot that can paint a picture by tracking your eye-movements. By interpreting blinks and stares, the robot translates them into brush strokes and color choices.

The technology is still in the early stages (so don’t expect to design the next Mona Lisa) but the potential of this machine is pretty incredible. Those who have lost limbs through paralysis or amputations could be restored with the ability to create original artwork.

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However, the creators of the robot hope to provide an extra hand to virtually anyone. In an interview with TechRadar, Aldo Faisal, one of the robot’s developers, said, “We're talking really about how can we augment, extend the human body with additional limbs that are useful in daily life." The robot could essentially be an extra pair of arms to make multitasking as safe as possible, or to simply bring it to new heights — imagine playing two instruments at once, or flipping through a novel while cooking.

The technology is still in its infancy, but the results are already quite impressive.

Watch as the robot paints a picture in Imperial College London’s video (above).

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