PSFK Picks: Top 10 Health Innovations Of The Week
We bring you the most stimulating and exciting stories from the world of wellness research.
PSFK has partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim to bring you a snapshot of Ten Innovative Ideas each week that are reshaping the health care industry. Continue reading below for the most exciting ideas from the past seven days.
Mind-Controlled Robot Brings Virtual Mobility To The Paralyzed
A team of Swiss scientists have demonstrated that a paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone, giving hope that someday immobilized people will be able to interact with their surroundings through pseudo-avatars. The scientists began by capturing the electrical signals emitted by a paralyzed patient’s brain when he lifted his fingers. The signals captured in this process were then transmitted and successfully replicated by a foot-tall robot nearby. The scientist anticipate that by someday creating a robot complete with a camera and screen, paralyzed users will be able to extend their virtual presence to places that are difficult to reach in a wheelchair.