Using an electroencephalogram (EEG) based system, the ability to walk has been restored following a spinal cord injury. The preliminary proof-of-concept study shows that it is possible to use direct brain control to get a person’s legs to walk again. The participant, who had been paralyzed for five years, walked along a 3.66m long course using a system that takes electrical signals from his brain, which then travel down to electrodes placed around his knees to create movement.
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The feasibility of a brain-computer interface functional electrical stimulation system for the restoration of overground walking after paraplegia
Christine E. King, Po T. Wang, Colin M. McCrimmon, Cathy CY Chou, An H. Do and Zoran Nenadic
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2015, doi:10.1186/s12984-015-0068-7