Brain Controlled Exoskeleton Technology Could Help Paraplegic Children Walk

21 September 2016

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Researchers at the University of Houston in the US are working on a wearable exoskeleton technology that could enable paraplegic children to walk.

They are developing a non-invasive brain-machine interface system that works by manipulating human brainwaves to operate the exoskeleton to move the lower limbs on command. The focus at the moment is on children but if proven successful, at this point, there is no reason why they wouldn’t be able to roll it out across all ages in future.

The wearable exoskeleton uses electroencephalography (EEG) through a succession of electrodes placed on the head to grab tiny electrical signals from the brain. Researchers at Houston University have succeeded in picking up those signals and using those to interpret the state of the brain.

Needless to say, if this medical technology proves successful, it would be revolutionary in changing children’s (and parents) lives across the globe in a way previously thought not possible.

The technology will showcase at the Cybathlon conference in Zurich in October 2016. It’s certainly a fingers crossed from us for the success of this technology in the near future.

Nicola Lawler, Head of Marketing at Projectus Consulting