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Paralysed man moves all four limbs using groundbreaking exoskeleton that reads his mind


A man has been able to move all four of his paralysed limbs using a groundbreaking mind-controlled exoskeleton, scientists have said. The tetraplegic 30-year-old, known only as Thibault, said his first steps in the robotic suit felt like being "the first man on the Moon". The system, which works by recording and decoding brain signals, was trialled in a two-year study by French researchers at biomedical research centre Clinatec and the University of Grenoble. Scientists conceded the suit was an experimental treatment far from clinical application but said it had the potential to improve patients' quality of life and autonomy. Wearing the robotic limbs, Thibault was able to walk and move his arms using a ceiling-mounted harness for balance.

Bionic 3D-printed arm 'gives confidence' to young amputees

BBC News

A Bristol-based robotics company, Open Bionics, has developed the world's first medically-certified 3D-printed artificial arm for amputees. The Hero Arm, with its artificial hand, can fit children as young as nine years old. Its motor is controlled by muscles on the residual limb, allowing the user to carry out many tasks as if the hand was real. Open Bionics hope the £5,000 bionic arm could be made available on the NHS. BBC Click's Kathleen Hawkins went to meet Raimi, who says the arm has given her a new confidence.

Ford Assembly Line Workers Try Out Exoskeleton Tech to Boost Performance

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

But the workers who assemble those trucks in Ford's manufacturing plants are subject to human frailties. They can suffer from back and shoulder pain as a result of carrying out the repetitive tasks required by their jobs, particularly as they work on chassis suspended above them. Ford estimates that some assembly workers lift their arms about 4,600 times per day, or about 1 million times per year. So workers on Ford's assembly lines in two U.S. factories are getting some extra help. In a pilot project, the workers are suiting up with the EksoVest, an upper body exoskeleton from the Bay Area company Ekso Bionics.

Police say crime drops with video doorbells

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Ring founder Jamie Siminoff tells Jefferson Graham how his video doorbell and companion products spook burglars and help curb crime, on #TalkingTech. The video doorbell, out since 2013, has expanded into a suite of products that also include new motion detection lights with companion camera (new), a standalone security camera and chimes to bring traditional audio to the doorbell. The added inventory helped push the company to sales that more than doubled in 2016. Ring founder and chief inventor Jamie Siminoff has positioned the company as a tech Batman, a product that can help keep the burglars away. The Ring doorbell connects to Wi-fi, and when it's rung, you get a notification on your phone that allows you to see who's out there, and say "Who's at the door?" from inside the house, at work, or even on vacation.