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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Federal Robotics Initiative Gives $1M to Make Brain-Controlled Exoskeletons
From: Robotics Trends -
Scientists at Rice University, the University of Houston
(UH) and TIRR Memorial Hermann have received a $1.17 million grant from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the President's National Robotics
Initiative (NRI).The combined device
will be validated by UTHealth physicians with as many as 40 volunteer patients
in the final two years of the four-year R01 award, the oldest research grant
offered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The multidisciplinary team hopes to develop and validate
a noninvasive brain-machine interface (BMI) to a robotic orthotic device that
is expected to innovate upper-limb rehabilitation. The new neurotechnology will
interpret brainwaves that let a stroke patient willingly operate an exoskeleton
that wraps around the arm from the fingertips to the elbow.