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Researchers Help a Paralyzed Man Walk by Controlling His Legs With His Own Brain Through a Bluetooth Connection

Researchers at the University of California Irvine have helped a paralyzed man walk by controlling his legs with his own brain through a Bluetooth connection.

Adam Fritz was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident in 2008, but through months of work with the team at UCI to learn how to use the system that connects his brain to his legs, and with Project Walk to strengthen his leg muscles enough for the walk, Fritz walked nearly four meters.

The team published their work in a paper in the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, and although they have certainly made a breakthrough, they say there is more work to do before patients can expect to gain full mobility.

via Sky News, Engadget


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