Mind-Controlled Robots are real now: Helps paralyzed
Saturday 30 November 2013

Mind-Controlled Robots are real now: Helps paralyzed

Robotics in the field of medicine, serving the paralyzed. Scientists are here with people with paralysis to move objects with their minds, aiding the physical disabled with sophisticated tools. Brown University researchers successfully completed a trial with two tetraplegic patients, people who have no control over their limbs. As part of their "BrainGate2" study, the researchers developed a neural interface powerful enough to translate users' thoughts to a robotic arm machine, which can complete tasks from commands given by thought alone.

There will be tiny devices implanted in the patient’s brain and the neural interfaces work through these requiring surgery, but the promise of the robotic arm is immense. People who are permanently paralyzed can regain the ability to feed themselves, reach for things, and do a number of activities previously out-of-bounds. The scientists are working to improve the accuracy and speed of the robotic arm, so users can feel confident and empowered while completing tasks with the device.

A few weeks ago, a paralyzed woman completed the London Marathon using the ReWalk, a bionic suit that allows people with use of their arms to control their legs. Although quadriplegic people cannot use it, paraplegic people can reap enormous benefits from the device, as they can walk around without a wheelchair.

The costs of these devices are little bit high as the uses of these devices are also very great. The ReWalk, priced at over $69,000, is still prohibitively expensive for most people, and although the BrainGate apparatus is still in clinical trials, it will likely come with a hefty price tag if it becomes available for commercial use. Innovations like eye tracking may help paralyzed people use devices at a more affordable price, but eye tracking does not allow them the precious movement offered by the ReWalk and Brown University's robot.

Scientists are coming up with many new technological devices for helping people with physical disabilities. They are trying their best to make these people also to come up as normal and to live life as a normal person. Even though these are quite expensive, remarkable are the developments, because these are no small inventions.