Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas - Looking Beyond 2016

2016 has brought many developments in SCI research.  This brief editorial describes one of the latest: a study in which paralyzed monkeys were able to walk again.  Some interfacing methods are more controversial and invasive than others.  But it is true - recovery doesn't have to be in the realm of science fiction.

As to science fiction, exoskeletons and bionic frames have long been a part of imaginary worlds.  They don't have to stay there, either.  Hyundai made headlines this week for exoskeleton designs.  In 2015, Honda started selling smaller exoskeleton legs and assistive devices to rehabilitation centers and hospitals.  A later post will take a look at the Rewalk, Ekso, and similar designs.

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