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    Cool New Robot to Help People to Walk Again

    am I going to be a bionic woman or wonder woman lol. Please put your money and time for the natural cure.
    maybe this is good to exercise.



    New Robot to Help People to Walk Again


    ScienceDaily (Apr. 25, 2011) — Cognitive skills for a new robot which will help people with
    damaged limbs to walk again are being developed by researchers at the University of Hertfordshire.

    Dr Daniel Polani and a team at the University's School of Computer Science have just received a European grant of €780,800 for the four-year research project Cognitive Control Framework for Robotic Systems (CORBYS) to build the cognitive features of these robots.

    "There are already some robots which help people to walk, but the issue is that they need constant attention and monitoring by therapists and they cannot effectively monitor the human," said Dr Polani. "In CORBYS, the aim is to have robots that understand what humans need so that they can operate autonomously."

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    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0308075524.htm

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    May be good exercise while transitioning from injury to recovery.

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    I think the keys words are "damaged limbs"...not necessarily just spinal cord injury paralysis. Dr Polani works with computer sciences and detection of cognitive movements.
    Last edited by GRAMMY; 04-27-2011 at 04:13 PM.

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    Dr. Daniel Polani made the software and sensors for a skinned robot to help teach children with autism appropriate social interactions just a few years ago. I don't believe his field is SCI cures, stem cell research and neurology. He works in computer science labs.

    http://thefutureofthings.com/pod/707...cial-skin.html

    Robot Gets Artificial Skin
    Friday, May 15, 2009 - Ehud Rattner



    The purpose of the project is to help investigate the manner in which robots can help children with learn about social interaction. This is the first time that such an approach has been applied in work with autistic children. The three-year project is dubbed “Roboskin” and is an international collaboration between several European institutes: of Hertfordshire (UK), Universita di Genova (Italy), Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (Switzerland), Italian Institute of Technology, University of Wales at Newport, and Universita di Cagliari (Italy).

    The project’s goal is to develop a robot with skin and embedded tactile sensors. According to Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn of Hertfordshire’s School the finalized skin will be applied to Kaspar, a child-sized humanoid robot developed by the Adaptive Systems research group at the university.

    Currently Kaspar is used by Dr. Ben Robins and his associates at Hertfordshire University to encourage social interaction skills in children with autism. The team intends to cover Kaspar with robotic skin while Dr. Daniel Polani will develop new sensor technologies that will provide tactile feedback from areas of the robot’s body. Thanks to this feedback, the robot will be able to respond to different styles of children at play, thus helping autistic children to develop socially appropriate playful interaction (e.g. not too aggressive) when interacting with the robot and other people.

    “Children with autism have problems with touch, often with either touching or being touched,” said Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn. “The idea is to put skin on the robot as touch is a very important part of social development and communication and the tactile sensors will allow the robot to detect different types of touch and it can then encourage or discourage different approaches.”

    TFOT has covered other research projects concerning autism, such as UCLA’s attempt to develop a drug that could treat learning disabilities caused by autism spectrum disorders, and the recent generation of a mice model for autistic savants, generated by researchers from MIT. Other related TFOT stories include coverage of the HAL Robot Suit, designed for paralyzed people in order to help them walk again, and an article on mind controlled bionic limbs, a potential future accessory for the disabled.

    For more information about the Roboskin project, see Hertfordshire University’s press release.

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    "New Robot to Help People"

    "New Robot to Help People train their walk"

    "New Robot to Help People exercise"

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    But "Walk Again" is just plain wrong. It is not walking again. Walking again is a different story.
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