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Using Brainpower to Control Paralyzed Limbs

Using Brainpower to Control Paralyzed Limbs

Researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois are developing systems to translate brain activity into real time muscle movements. Combining functional electrical stimulation (FES) and a neural implant, the new system could allow people paralyzed because of spinal cord damage ...

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Acoustic Maps to Aid the Blind

Acoustic Maps to Aid the Blind

Researchers at the University of Bristol in England have developed a new method to convert images from lasers and digital cameras into real-time, three dimensional acoustic maps that help the blind navigate around obstacles in their path. The images are ...

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Brain-Actuated Wheelchair

Researchers at the University of Zaragoza in Spain have developed a wheelchair capable of reacting to directional thoughts of its user. The chair uses a laser scanner to generate a three dimensional map of its surroundings. Users concentrate on one ...

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HAL Robot Suit

HAL Robot Suit

Yoshiyuki Sankai, a professor at Tsukuba University, Tokyo, has recently introduced a new robot suit, called the “Hybrid Assistive Limb.” The suit was designed for paralyzed people in order to help them walk again by detecting their next move and ...

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