Mind to motion

Brain-computer interfaces promise new freedom for the paralyzed and immobile

By Meghan Rosen, 16:35 PM October 31, 2013

Thick Velcro straps cinched the robot’s legs to Steve Holbert’s calves and thighs. The straps were snug — they helped secure his body to the machine. But they had to be fastened just right. Too loose and Holbert might slip around. Too tight and the straps could cause pressure sores. Not that Holbert could tell the difference: He hadn’t felt his legs since 2009.

Holbert was testing out a brain-controlled walking device for people who are paralyzed. He had tried the machine before, but couldn’t ...

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