Paralyzed man walks using brain-controlled robotic suit

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(CNN) – A man paralyzed from the shoulders down is now able to walk using a mind-controlled robotic suit.

Sounds like science fiction right?

But it really happened in France.

The man, identified only as Thibault, severed his spinal cord after falling from a balcony.

University of Grenoble researchers implanted recording devices in his head that can transmit signals into movements, which are then executed by a robotic exo-skeleton.

For two years, Thibault has been using a videogame avatar to help it understand his thoughts.

Over the course of the study, he was able to walk the distance of more than one and a half football fields.

Scientists say the technology is an experimental treatment that could help others, after it’s improved.

For more information, check out Friday’s edition of the journal Lancet Neurology.

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