Walks via brain waves: Brain-Wave System Paralyzed

Published: September 26, 2015

Walks via brain waves: Brain-Wave System Paralyzed, In what some would call a miracle of science, one 26-year-old man was able to experience the ability to walk once more using new and innovative technology that uses brain waves to achieve mobility, according to Yahoo News.

The subject wore a cap that read his brain signals and sent them through a computer to be translated and then sent down into the mechanically active device that stimulated his muscles to move, according to Discovery.

“Even after years of paralysis, the brain can still generate robust brain waves that can be harnessed to enable basic walking,” said Dr. An Do, assistant professor and co-leader of the daring study. “We showed that you can restore intuitive, brain-controlled walking after a complete spinal cord injury.”

The study comes from the University of California-Irvine and their research video shows a young man, who has been paralyzed for five years, taking steps with his legs while being supported, according to CBS News.

“This noninvasive system for leg muscle stimulation is a promising method and is an advance of our current brain-controlled systems that use virtual reality or a robotic exoskeleton,” said Do.

The road to discovery was not as simple as it may seen, as much mental training was required as well as over 19 hours weeks of hard work.


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