Research was conducted form the University of Grenoble Alpes, which used a mind-controlled exoskeleton to help a person walk. Additionally, the University used a far less invasive procedure than other similar research efforts. However, the researchers also indicated that the mind-controlled exoskeleton is still being developed and improved.
The process utilized electrodes that were implanted above a person's brain, where other researches implanted sensors in the patient's brain. This results in a far less invasive procedure, as well as a reduced risk of infection. Additionally, portions of the patient's discs were replaced with brain sensors.
Subsequently, researchers were able to map the patient's brain, in order to monitor which regions are involved in different movements. The patient was then able to successfully walk while using the mind-controlled exoskeleton.
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