Robots that can read and respond to brain waves will eventually help stroke patients regain movement, using new neural interfaces that can re-train damaged motor pathways. Neuroscientists have made great strides in brain-machine interfaces that can respond to a person’s thoughts -- a new generation will drive a non-invasive robotic orthotic, retraining the patient’s own body.
Patients who have suffered a stroke or other injury can lose the active use of their limbs, rendering them unable to simply think about moving an arm or hand and then do it. Sometimes it’s possible to re-establish the lost connection, with time and repetitive physical therapy. Researchers at Rice University are using a robotic exoskeleton and a neural interface to improve matters.
The project has already successfully reconstructed three-dimensional hand and walking movements from brain signals, according to a Rice news release. Now a $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the president’s National Robotics Initiative will test it on 40 patients over the next two years.
Army researchers are developing an advanced military uniform that would turn a special ops commando into Iron Man.
The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, will deliver “superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection” by providing a powered exoskeleton to haul heavier equipment, liquid armor capable of stopping bullets, built-in computers and night vision, as well as the ability to monitor vital signs and apply wound-sealing foam. Put together, the capabilities would make the already elite Special Operation Forces nearly invincible in the field, says the Army.
The dream of regaining the ability to stand up and walk has come closer to reality for people paralyzed below the waist who thought they would never take another step. A team of engineers at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Intelligent Mechatronics has developed a powered exoskeleton that enables people with severe spinal cord injuries to stand, walk, sit and climb stairs. Its light weight, compact size and modular design promise to provide users with an unprecedented degree of independence.
The university has several patents pending on the design and Parker Hannifin Corporation – a global leader in motion and control technologies – has signed an exclusive licensing agreement to develop a commercial version of the device, which it plans on introducing in 2014.
While it may not be as robust as the Amplified Mobility Platform Suits that tore through Pandora in the movie “Avatar,” a new robotic exoskeleton is strong enough to handle a light jog and includes hands that are nimble enough to pick up an egg...
Amanda Boxtell could have never imagined that a paralyzing skiing accident would change her life… for the better. Amanda is now helping others overcome similar challenges, and is walking thanks to new technology reaching more people this week.
Medgadget.comToyota Unveils Quartet of Healthcare Robots; Coming to a Hospital Near You ...Medgadget.comAlthough Toyota stretches the definition of robot a bit, applying it to these assistive devices, one of which is not much more than an elegant...
TED Talks Physiatrist and engineer Todd Kuiken is building a prosthetic arm that connects with the human nervous system -- improving motion, control and even feeling. Onstage, patient Amanda Kitts helps demonstrate this next-gen robotic arm.
A team of students has won a college scholarship as part of the 2011 Siemens Competition, for its work on a project that uses the Kinect motion-sensor hardware to help people with leg injuries and ailments.
Researchers are looking to push robotic exoskeletons into the realm of thought control, eliminating the need for hand controls and reaching those unable to use their upper bodies. Read this article by Bonnie Burton on CNET.
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Stanford joins BrainGate team developing brain-computer interface to aid ...HealthCanal.comThe BrainGate research is one of several efforts throughout the world aiming to develop technologies to restore function by recording signals directly from...
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