Paraplegic Man Walks Using Own Legs With Brain Signals Re-Routed to Knees

Paraplegic Man Walks Using Own Legs With Brain Signals Re-Routed to Knees

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A team of scientists has successfully re-routed the signals from a paraplegic man’s brain to his knees, allowing him to walk using his own legs for the first time in five years.

The Guardian reports that researchers from the University of California at Irvine have developed a system that captures brain waves using an electroencephalogram (EEG) electrode cap, sending them wirelessly to a computer. There, a series of algorithms process the data to work out if the wearer wishes to stand still or walk, before beaming commands to micro-controllers which sends impulses to nerves that then move muscles in the legs.

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