Thibault was able to move his arms and legs again after the paralysis with the help of mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton suit. This technology uses a semi-invasive technique that uses brain signals to drive an exoskeleton.
The robotic exoskeleton require extensive training : For two years, Thibault has been using a video game avatar to help to translate it’s brain signal to instruction to command the exoskeleton.
Over the course of the study, he was able to walk the distance of more than one and a half football fields.
The Scientists of the University of Grenoble, said that robotic exoskeleton is an experimental treatment that could help others, and require improvements still.
Approximately 20% of traumatic cervical spinal cord injuries result in tetraplegia. Neuroprosthetics are being developed to manage this condition and thus improve the lives of patients. We aimed to test the feasibility of a semi-invasive technique that uses brain signals to drive an exoskeleton.
Ever if the technology behind still expensive, and far to be accessible to all the people of the world, this is a a great step forward.