Boffins’ brain wave on wheelchair use

Disabled people could soon live more independent lives as
scientists are creating a wheelchair that can be controlled by
thoughts.

Severely disabled or quadriplegic people, who would have
difficulties using a motorised wheelchair, may benefit from the new
device which will use brain signals to tell the wheelchair which
direction to travel.

The system is being developed by scientists in Switzerland and
Barcelona.

Wires attached to a skullcap send messages to a computer. Software
analyses the brain’s activity and passes on commands to the
robot.

Paul Smith, executive director of the Spinal Injuries Association
in London, said: “The psychological benefits it would offer are
huge.”

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