3.5 The First Human Applications
- Professor Nicolelis’s proposed that BMI can have clinical applications. They looked at how spinal cord injuries prevent motor signals from reaching the spinal cord and generating movements, and created a BMI to send signals to exoskeletons.
- One of Nicolelis’ paraplegic patients kicked off the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
- Patients in Professor Nicolelis’ research began by using virtual reality to retrain their brains.
- Patients were able to walk with the assistance of exoskeletons and reported feeling the sensation of walking.
- Seven of the eight patients’ conditions improved to partial paraplegia and the researchers able to detect muscle activity in new areas.