Discover how bodily augmentation has grown from rudimentary static add-on limbs to advanced medical technology that is making the impossible possible - helping paraplegic people walk again.
"Watching some of these patients is humbling when you see how you can help them, especially the military guys," says Gill. "There’s always tears."
"Design is such an important part of finding solutions and how being empathic can lead to a more accurate answer to human needs," says Tovar.
When the implant expands, it presses electrodes against the patient’s blood vessel wall close to the brain, where it can record neural information and translate these signals into physical commands. The wearer can then wirelessly control their exoskeleton or bionic wearable, just as if they were controlling their own limbs.
Human clinical trials are being conducted on five patients, from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, who are suffering from paralysis due to spinal cord injuries, stroke and motor neuron disease. If Stentrode is established, it will help pave the way for more life-changing applications of brain-machine interfaces.
Mobility for Each One, Department for International Development, Touch Bionics, Bespoke Fairings, TEDx, Carlos Arturo Tovar, Ekso Bionics, the University of Melbourne and