The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) has developed Conduct-A-Bot control technology, which uses muscle sensors and motion detectors to control robots more “naturally”. Algorithms capture gestures, tracking a person's movements, as well as the activity of some individual muscles - biceps, triceps and forearms. A wave of the hand, clenching of a fist or tension of the hand is enough to control the bot.
The system does not need environmental assessment, offline calibration or training for each individual. In other words, no special training is required to use it.
However, the Conduct-A-Bot technology is not yet ready for real use. The Parrot Bebop 2 drone responded to just 82 percent of its more than 1, 500 control gestures, which, while promising, cannot guarantee full control. Scientists intend to improve the technology, as well as include the capabilities of customizable and continuous gestures.