World Science Scholars
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.

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