Brain-wave device may command robotic exoskeleton, prosthetics

08/29/2013 |

A non-invasive brain-machine interface may one day enable paralyzed patients to walk by using their thoughts to direct a robotic exoskeleton that moves their body. The University of Houston's Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is working on the device, which would interpret brain waves to control either robotic legs or below-elbow prosthetics. The work has received funding from the Cullen Foundation and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research.

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