NPR's special video series "Future You, With Elise Hu" recently spotlighted Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, Cullen Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his team's work on brain-controlled, robotic exoskeletons.
In the episode, entitled "How Mind-Controlled Robot Suits Could Enhance Our Limbs," Elise Hu explores the importance and potential impacts of non-invasive brain machine interface systems. During a visit to Contreras-Vidal's laboratory at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering, she tried the technology first hand. The ultimate goal is that one day in the future, people who have become paralyzed or have lost mobility may be able to learn to regain those motor skills. "The exoskeletons will improve — it's inevitable," said University of Houston researcher Atilla Kilicarslan.
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