Monkeys in Wheelchairs — Paralysis Research

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

These monkeys are able to control these wheelchairs with electrodes attached to their heads. This research may even lead to help for paralyzed people. Read more about this groundbreaking research and how these monkeys are helping:

A rhesus macaque walks with the aid of a pneumatically powered exoskeleton controlled by a computer reading signals from electrodes implanted in the monkey’s motor cortex. Miguel Nicolelis and colleagues at Duke University are developing similar devices that could allow paralyzed humans to walk again. WASHINGTON, D.C.—Experimental wheelchairs and exoskeletons controlled by thought alone offer surprising insights into the brain, neuroscientists reported on Monday. Best known for his experimental exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed man kick the opening ball for June’s World Cup in Brazil, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis presented the latest "brain-machine interface" findings from his team’s […]


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