Mind-controlled robotic exo-skeleton helps disabled man walk again

A mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton is being used to help a disabled man in France walk again.

The creation reads the brain signals of 30-year-old Thibault, who became a *tetraplegic in 2015. It converts signals into movement. Thibault suffered a 15m fall in an accident in a night club. He said taking his first steps in the suit felt like being the ‘first man on the Moon’.

The robotic system helped him move his arms and walk using a ceiling-mounted harness for balance. The whole-body exo-skeleton is operated by recording and decoding brain signals. It was developed by the University of Grenoble and a private company.

As part of the trial, Thibault had surgery to place two implants on the surface of the brain, covering the parts that control movement. Sixty-four electrodes on each implant read his brain activity and beam the instructions to a computer. The news is making headlines across the world.

*A tetraplegic is someone who lost partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso. The loss is usually sensory and motor, which means that both sensation and control are lost.

Causes: Damage to spinal cord or brain

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