Next up in robot suits for the paralyzed: Mind control?

Researchers are looking to push robotic exoskeletons into the realm of thought control, eliminating the need for hand controls and reaching those unable to use their upper bodies. What if people who are paralyzed could use their brainwaves to get up out of wheelchairs and walk away? That’s exactly what researchers from the University of Houston are hoping to accomplish with the latest evolution of robotic exoskeletons. They’re turning to mind control to move these high-tech mobility machines to the next level — and take patients with them. The idea for for a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton came to engineering professor Jose Contreras-Vidal,