Japanese scientists design mind-reading robots

Japanese scientists are preparing to develop “mind-reading” robots and consumer electronics that can be controlled by thought.  

According to the AFP, such devices are expected to include television sets, mobile phones, car navigation systems and air-conditioners.

The futuristic devices will likely use brain-machine interface technology in sensor-mounted headsets to analyze brain waves and blood-flow patterns.

The initiative, which is slated to kick off this year, is reportedly the result of an enigmatic partnership between the government and the private sector.

Indeed, the project is likely to include the participation of numerous industry heavyweights, such as Toyota, Honda, Hitachi, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Osaka University and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International.