Video: Paralyzed Man Can Walk Using Robotic Suit

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 11:40

Researchers could help a paralyzed man to move by using a brain-controlled robotic suit.

According to the AFP news agency, researchers from the University of Grenoble in France biomedical research center Clinatec and the CEA research center implanted recording devices on either side of the 28-year-old man between the brain and skin, to span the sensorimotor cortex, the area of the brain that controls motor function and sensation.

Electrode grids collected the man's brain signals and transmitted them to a decoding algorithm, which translated the signals into movements and commanded a robotic exoskeleton to complete them.

Over a period of two years, Thibault (the man) trained the algorithm to understand his thoughts by controlling an avatar, a virtual character, within a video game, making it walk and touch 2D and 3D objects.

Scientists have said that the technology is an experimental treatment for now, but once improved, it could have the potential to improve patients' lives.

The result of the research has been published in the Lancet Neurology journal on Friday.

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