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Photo: Man moving a robotic arm with his mind; Copyright: College of Science and Engineering

How people can control a robotic arm with only their minds

16/12/2016

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have made a major breakthrough that allows people to control a robotic arm using only their minds. The research has the potential to help millions of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases. The study is published online today in "Scientific Reports", a Nature research journal.
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Image: Dr. Surjo R. Soekadar (left) with a propositi; Copyright: Surjo R. Soekadar

Neurorobotic hand exoskeleton restores grasp function to quadriplegics

14/12/2016

A consortium of European scientists has successfully restored grasp function to six quadriplegics using a non-invasive hybrid brain-neural hand exoskeleton. The system was developed by researchers at the University of Tübingen, Germany, The BioRobotics Institute at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy, and the Guttmann Institute in Spain.
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Image: Man is running alogn the beach at dusk; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Olaf Karwisch

How long projecting neurons couple the movement of our limbs

22/11/2016

We humans walk with our feet. This is true, but not entirely. Walking, as part of locomotion, is a coordinated whole-body movement that involves both the arms and legs. Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research have identified different subpopulations of neurons in the spinal cord with long projections.
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Image: Eileen Stark prepares Dominik Wetzel for a measurement; Copyright: WHZ/Helge Gerischer

Paraplegia: moving muscles using electrical impulses

22/11/2016

It happens about 1,800 times per year: after a sporting or traffic-related accident, a person’s spinal cord is injured to where nerve tracts are severed and he/she becomes paralyzed. Researchers now want to develop software that measures the brain signals of paralyzed patients and sends out electrical impulses via a system to stimulate muscles, causing them to move again.
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Photo: Wheelchair driver in front of some stairs

HAL Exoskeleton – A Step toward Independence?

01/10/2014

Even though exoskeletons for people requiring a wheelchair are nothing new, they are still controversial. After all, at first glance they suggest a miracle recovery. But this is not the actual intention. In fact, exoskeletons facilitate a special form of therapy that returns at least a small portion of independence to the respective person.
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