- With the power of a tech-empowered suit called HAL, a Japenese woman, Mitsuko Nagashio, was able to walk
- Before then, the woman had always needed a wheelchair to move around since she had polio at a young age
- The suit enables a strong signal connection between the brain and the nervous system to generate a rapid response
A paralysed woman in Japan, Mitsuko Nagashio, has been able to walk with the help of the world’s first robotic exoskeleton.
BBC reports that she suffered from polio since when she was a child, a situation that had left her in a wheelchair for a very long time until recently.
This development is coming weeks after Nigerian gospel musician, Yinka Ayefele, walked with the help of a highly-sophisticated machine which was given to him by a good friend he identified as Hon. Oludare Akande.
With the power of a Hybrid Assisted Limbs (HAL) suit in a video shown by the BBC, she was able to take her first-ever steps. The robot relies on the electrical signals the brain sends whenever one wants to move any part of the body.
In a situation where one is paralysed and cannot move an arm or a leg, the HAL still reads those signals to process movements.
It should be noted that lower limb disabilities are most times caused when there is a strong disconnect between the signs of the brain to that part of the body.
Around the world, HAL is employed to treat spinal cord injuries in motor disabilities. Yoshiyuki Sankai, the suit inventor, said:
“The purpose of the device is to facilitate the synaptic connections between the nerves and the nerves, or the nerves and the muscles, in order to establish the suitable nerve circuits.”
Watch the video below:
Below are some of the reactions to the video:
Meanwhile, in other news, Briefly.co.za reported a man decided to share photos of his crib in honour of his late mom. Michael Boshielo apologised to his mom for not getting a proper education but showed off his house to prove that he is still a success.
Boshielo shared before and after snaps of the house and the end product is absolutely stunning. Taking to Twitter, the man captioned the photos:
"Mom I'm not as educated as you wished. But this is my little present to you. As I promised I will never forget where I come from."
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