Avatar becomes reality: Hi-tech head cap lets disabled man 'move' a robot slave 60 miles away using just his brain power
Disabled people could one day be waited on hand and foot by a robot servant - or even send out the robot into society in their place.
It sounds like the plot of James Cameron's sci-fi hit Avatar, but Swiss scientists showed off today how a partially paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone.
Simply by thinking about lifting his fingers, a patient was able to 'move' a robot 100 miles away.
The scientists hope the technology will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars.