Robots and VR Assistive Technology Study Reports Successful Treatment for Paraplegic Patients

Published by , August 15, 2016 2:26 am

(TechTimes) Individuals with brain or spinal injuries who have lost sensation or movement in their limbs may soon find help using a new assistive technology that combines robotics, virtual reality and a brain-machine interface (BMI). Eight paraplegic patients, all of whom have suffered spinal cord injuries, were reported to have regained both sensation and motor abilities after undergoing a 12-month neurorehabilitation program using robotics and VR.
Professor Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University’s Center for Neuroengineering led the team that trained the patients who were sitting or standing throughout a VR session (where their brain activity was monitored), walking on a treadmill, or staying fixed on an overground track, among other physically and neurologically stimulating activities.