Paralyzed Man Walks Again Using Exoskeleton and Brain Power

A tetraplegic man has been able to walk again using a pioneering four-limb robotic system, or exoskeleton, after being immobile for years.

The French scientists behind the system use a series of sensors implanted near the brain which sent signals to the robotic system, moving its arms and legs. The test subject said he had to re-educate his brain after two years of not using it to move his limbs.

The test subject, named Thibault, was recorded over a 24 month period as he carried out various mental tasks to train the algorithm. The algorithm was able to decode Thibault’s brain signals and translate them into the movements the patient thought about. Through this brain recording, the exoskeleton could progressively increase the number of movements he could make. (REUTERS)


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