16K01572:Robot hand using EEG signals

Development of a support robot hand system using SSVEP

Zixun He, Yuusuke Watanabe, Rezenko Roman Yurievich, Yuta Ogai, Yousun Kang, and Duk Shin

Recently, the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) system could support various aspects of everyday life of elderly and disabled people. In this research, we developed a noninvasive BCI system that controls the robot hand using induced brain waves Steady-State Visual Evoked Potential (SSVEP) in order to improve the quality of life of patients with hands or arms deficient or impaired. This BCI system consists of visual stimulator, 6 degree of freedom (DOF) robot hand, an EEG recorder and a laptop for processing data. The subject induces the corresponding SSVEP signal by seeing one target in the three visual stimuli (5Hz, 6Hz, 7Hz) representing the motion: grip, pinch and arm rotation of the robot hand. The detected SSVEP signal is classified by canonical correlation analysis (CCA). The robot hand is operated by converting the SSVEP into the control signal according to the classification result. The results show that the proposed BCI system has a high performance, achieving the average accuracy of 97% in a time window length of 4 s and the use of three harmonics.


This work was supported by KAKENHI grants (16K01572), and ‘FY2016 MEXT Private University Research Branding Project’.

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