Brain controlled robots are nothing new. We have covered a bunch of interesting projects in that area in the past. lairobotics has shared a video that shows a 7DOF Kinova Jaco2 robot arm controlled via a brain computer interface. An Emotiv Epoc+ is used to control the robot.
Here is how it works:
The user selects an element from a GUI by focusing attention on it and counting how many times it flashes. The motion of the manipulator is controlled relying on a closed loop inverse kinematic algorithm that simultaneously manages multiple set based and equality-based tasks. The objects and the user’s mouth are recognized and localized using an RGB-D sensor (Kinect one).