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Human Cruise Control

Human Cruise Control

A device able to remotely guide people through electrical stimulation could have applications in gaming, search and rescue, and stroke rehabilitation.

Created by a team of grad students at the University of Hanover, the "human cruise control" system consists of an array of electrodes attached to the person's Sartorius muscles. The electrodes were in turn connected to a waist-worn electrical stimulation device and a Bluetooth-enabled control panel. During the study, the team was able to steer the human participants by stimulating the muscle (the volunteers report a tingling feeling) and causing the leg to twitch outward enough to initiate a swerve or turn.

The team is now working to hone the technology and bring it to a level that could be more commercially acceptable.

Source: technologyreview.comAdded: 28 April 2015