You often feel pity when you see or think about a paraplegic (paralysis of lower half of body) person and it feels like helping him in one way or the other. But thanks to a professor from Swiss university who unveiled a robot on Tuesday, that can be managed by brain signals of a paraplegic person on wearing a cap fitted with electrodes.
The device was demonstrated by Mark-Andre Duc, partially tetraplegic patient who was at his hospital room in Swiss town of Sion. Mark’s thoughts were decoded in a laptop in his hospital room which were then transmitted to another laptop which then moved 30 cm tall robot at the Lausanne lab 100 kilometres away. Mark said that the controlling of the robot wasn’t very difficult who had earlier lost control over his lower body in a fall.
The system is developed by a professor from Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Jose Millan. Millan said that the technology can be used to drive a wheelchair but the only limit to this is that the brain signals can get mix up when many people gets around a wheelchair. Millan specialises in non-invasive interfaces among the machines and the brain. These kinds of new advancements in medical science can be very helpful keeping in mind the future prospective. And that too will be of a great help to the people suffering from paralysis.