Thailand Outlook Channel (ASTV 2) features AIT's Brain-Machine Interface Robo-Animal Control Project
Brain-Machine Interface Robo-Animal Control Project, Dr. Manukid Parnichkun's research project, which is jointly conducted with Mr. Anantachai Naijit, a doctoral student in Mechatronics, was featured by the "Living Technology" program on Thailand Outlook Channel (ASTV 2) on 27 Feb. 2008.
It is widely known that robots are very useful in the applications beyond human limitation, e.g., a small and narrow area where human cannot access. Small robots accompanied with various kinds of moving mechanism; serpentine, belt, legs, for instances, are being developed to enhance the moving efficiency. However there are also some limitations of using these robots, for examples, difficulty in self decision making in an unknown environment, long time consuming in remote control operation where operator has to instruct the robot to work in detail for every step, difficulty of moving in an environment obstructed by obstacles. In the project, actions and motions of animals are controlled by brain stimulating via remote control. The animal under control acts as a robo-animal. The operator just sends a high level command to the robo-animal, and then lets the animal solve a low level problem by itself, for examples, avoiding crashing with obstacles, stepping over the obstructed objects. There are plenty of potential applications of using robo-animal; for examples in rescue, demining, agricultural pest control, surveillance, and searching purposes. This concept has potential to be used in medical treatment of Parkinson, and abnormal of sensory and neuron system in human.
ASTV 2 is broadcast internationally in English 24 hours a day via satellite.
The broadcasting time of the said feature coverage are as follows:
First Run - Saturday, 1 March at 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, 2 March at 04:00 a.m.
Monday, 3 March at 10:45 a.m.
Friday, 7 March at 10:00 p.m.
To view this program in English, please click Video Clip
The same project was also covered by TV Channel 11, on 10 March at 2:00 p.m.
Moreover, ASTV 3, Campus Channel also broad the press conference of “Thailand Intelligent Vehicle Challenge 2008” organized by Seagate Technology (Thailand) Ltd. together with Thai Robotics Society (TRS) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 31 January 2008. The program also covers the project “Exoskeleton Robot for Handicapped People Project, jointly conducted by Dr. Manukid Parnichkun of SET and his doctoral and master’s degree students Mr. Narong Aphiratsakun (D.Eng) and Mr. Kittipat Chirungsarpsook (M.Eng.). The same project was covered on Thai PBS on 13 March. The broadcast time will be confirmed shortly.
In this project, which is funded by NECTEC, an AIT Leg-Exoskeleton (ALEX) is developed to assist the elderly or disabled persons to perform their daily activities. It is also designed for paraplegic patients. The exoskeleton has to be able to balance itself and walk even if the lower part of the patient is completely paralyzed.
To view this program in Thai-language only, please click Video Clip