We have come across an exciting new development in the world of wheelchairs. A new study has been developed which looks into ways to help patients with spinal cord injuries become more independent, were monkeys were able to navigate a robotic wheelchair using a brain chip.
This is not the first time that a mind-controlled wheelchair to be showcased, there are differences between earlier studies to what is found now.
“Before, brainwaves were read using external electrodes that were fitted inside a cap. This time around, scientists were aiming for greater navigation accuracy and so implanted the electrodes into the brain.”
“And they had reason to believe that this technique could work: Studies have already shown that both monkeys and humans are able to control artificial limbs via brainwave-reading chips, with one tetraplegic woman even managing to feed herself . . . Since wheelchairs are the predominant way that people with motor disabilities get around, scientists were keen to find out whether the technology could be applied to these devices . . . ”
The study highlights and demonstrates “brain-machine-interfaces” (BMIs), which have been described by researchers as having a real impact on the development and future for clinical researcher into spinal cord injuries. Read the full article, with links into additional resources of the research undertaken at www.iflscience.com/brain/wireless-thought-powered-wheelchair-system-invented.