Mind-Controlled Robotic Device Helps Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

A revolutionary new robotic technology promises to help patients who have been left paralyzed in their lower limbs after a spinal cord injury, walk again. There are other types of robotic exoskeleton devices out there, but Los Angeles personal injury lawyers believe that this device is different because it works on mind control that translates electrical signals from the brain into electronic commands that control the device.

In other words, when the user of the device thinks of walking around, his brain immediately transfers that electrical signal to the device, and the device uses electronic commands to move the exoskeleton to take short steps.

The Mindwalker was developed during a three-year project that was funded by the European Commission, and the aim was to help paralyzed people who have lost movement in their lower limbs, to walk again. Existing exoskeleton devices are broadly based on helping people to walk about without treating the spinal cord or the site of the injury. In the case of the Mindwalker device, the developers routed the brain signals from the person’s mind into the device, which then translated them into electronic commands to move.

Obviously, the kind of walking that is to be expected with the use of this device is not like a human gait. However, for a person with a spinal cord injury who has been confined to a wheelchair, the prospect of being able to walk about simply by thinking so, could be exhilarating.

The device supports up to 100 kg per person. The device is also strong enough to withstand any instability that is caused by the person’s torso movements while walking. The device itself weighs about 30 kg, and is believed to be much lighter than many other exoskeleton devices that are currently available in the market.