Paralyzed Man Walks With Brain-Controlled Exoskeleton


This 28-year-old man was paralyzed from the shoulders down in a fall. He's attached to a rope holding him stable, but it's his brain that is propelling him forward.

Exoskeletons aren't new, scientists have been working at perfecting them for a while. What makes this one different is that it is being operated by the patient's brain signals. He has two wireless sensors implanted in the part of his brain which controls his movements. The sensors record electrical signals from his brain and sends commands to the exoskeleton.

Climate scientists have published details of how the exoskeleton works in the medical journal, the Lancet. The study has been reviewed in the journal by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's Professor of Disability Dr. Tom Shakespeare.

Shakespeare is himself paraplegic, with the use of his arms."Since the 1950s people have been promising to make paralyzed people walk. It's really one of the goals of medical science. And what's interesting about this study is that implants at either side of the skull were able to detect and translate into as it were computer movement impulses of the brain so that the individual wished to move and signals were sent enabling them to move. In principle," says Shakespeare.

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