We have all been in the situation where we have started a task, been interrupted and then completely losing track of what we were doing. However, new software has been released that can now identify what action you were conducting prior to being interrupted. It there after steers you back on track.
The software was developed by Bioengineers in America. The amazing new software can somewhat “see” your intentions whilst performing ordinary actions. The software uses a mathematical algorithm that has been programed to read signals from motor movements to learn your actions. It can detect actions you carry out such as driving a car, taking down notes and even picking up a phone to contact a friend.
Aside from the intriguing elements of what this type of software can prevent, there are also significant, real-life applications. It could be particularly beneficial to those recovering from a stroke or struggling with a neurological disorder like spastic cerebral palsy, in which messages sent from the brain to the body get interrupted and can cause involuntary movements.
A sort of “smart” developed prosthesis equipped with this line of software could possibly identify a person’s intent and assist them with the completion of the desired tasks more efficiently.
Graduate research assistant Justin Horowitz, who developed the algorithm, refers to the software as a “psychic robot” that can “correct the course of a swerving car of help a stroke patient with spasticity,” according to a media report.
In a first test of concept, Horowitz analysed the movement of research subjects as they reached for an object on a virtual desk but had their hand pushed in the wrong direction. The software successfully estimated the subjects’ intent.
The study, funded by the NIH and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders, is called “I Meant to Do That.”