Tagged: paralysis

First time in medical history, researcher restored cortical control in a quadriplegic man

neurolife device

Human brain is an incredible coding machine that runs the entire life process. Scientists, after decades of advance research in neurology combined with engineering and electronics, have finally established a milestone. According to a study published in Nature today, for the first time in the history of medical sciences, researcher successfully developed a device called NeuroLife. First of its kind, actually bypassed the damaged spinal cord in 24-years-old quadriplegic Ohio man, Ian Burkhart, and allowed him to move his fingers to play a video game. Finally, medical scientists can hope to regain movement in people suffering with paralysis. Read More…

Robotic-hybrid system ensures speedy recovery of post-stroke paralysis patients

Rehabilitation Sleeve Polytechnic University Hong Kong

The chances of developing partial paralysis in the upper limbs after stroke is quite high. And the only way to have chances of recovery depend on the rehabilitation program that the patient goes through. Keeping this in mind, Polytechnic University (PolyU) Hong Kong has developed a wearable robotic system for post-stroke rehabilitation to restore motor function back to normal. The wearable code named as Rehabilitation Sleeve has been designed by Dr Hu Xiaoling at PolyU’s Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering with assistance from Institute of Textiles and Clothing, Industrial Centre and other organizations.
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Mindwalker project: Brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton for disabled patients

Mindwalker brain-controlled robotic exoskeleton

It is heartening when technology comes in handy for people who have been disabled due to paralysis due to spinal cord injury, giving them a new lease of life. For example the Indego exoskeleton which helps stroke patients walk upright as opposed to spending the rest of their lives in a wheelchair. Exoskeletons have also been used for other applications like going into dangerous territory which is affected with nuclear radiation. But now there is a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton coordinated by Space Applications Services NV which uses complex technology to bypass the spinal cord and rerouting the brain signals to the exoskeleton, in a way hacking the brain signals to the robotic exoskeleton and help the paralyzed patients get back on their feet. This project called Mindwalker is funded EUR 2.75 million by the European Commission and aims at hacking the brain signals to control advanced orthosis and other medical conditions where the patient cannot walk.

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Step into the future with first brain-controlled robotic leg

We’ve seen some really great advancements in prosthetic limb technology, there have been many high-tech limbs and mind-controlled limbs created over time that have facilitated the paralyzed. But the question still looms, will the mind-controlled limbs ever assist the paralyzed in real world scenario? To answer this in an affirmative, a team of researchers from the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center in California have built a mind-controlled prosthetic leg. Read More…