HoloLens and brain waves used to control robotic dogs
The U.S. Army HoloLens project has been delayed and reports are that the headset would be useless if soldiers are not interested in using the HoloLens. Keep in mine these are just reports and like many things on the internet today, they are potential clickbait false news. Recently a new release from the Australian Government Department of Defence explains the potential use of the HoloLens on the frontline.
The Australian Army is testing the used of the HoloLens to control robot dogs. Like drones and other machinery, robot dogs require a hand-held console and require the full and undivided attention of the operator. Unlike a drone where an operator can be at a remote location, robot dog operators are on the frontline or near the battlefield. The operator/soldier will be part of a team to protect them but deep down they will always be worried about their safety. What about when they must move on foot how they control the will the robot dog in the heat of a confrontation?
The Australian Army’s answer is to use the HoloLens and brain waves to control the robot dog. A graphene biosensor is placed on the back of the user’s head and detects brainwaves from their visual cortex. Thanks to artificial intelligence a decoder will turn brain wave signals to command for the robot dog. This will allow operator/soldiers to remain weapon ready or hands free to do other tasks.
This proof of concept is still being tested to evaluate potential use on the field. The Australian Army conducted several tests to see how this technology could be used in battle. The first test was to travel to predesignated locations in a mock mission scenario. Users described the technology as “not difficult to master. It’s very intuitive. It only took a couple of sessions.”
This is one way from armies to use the HoloLens technology but has the potential to save many lives. Instead of sending a solder or an actual dog armies can send robot dog to evaluate situations and to be used like fighter drone to take out enemies. Robot dog can be used for search and rescue missions into dangerous and unstable environment where humans cannot enter. Nighttime capabilities are another area this application could be used. No matter the use the most important thing is this has the potential to save lives.