Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs with Brain

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs with Brain, Raising Hope For Paralyzed People
By: Will Cox
Link:  Vergano, Dan. "Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People."
    National Geographic. National Geographic, 18 Nov. 2014. Web. 18 Jan.
    2016. <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/
January 19 2016
Monkeys steering wheelchairs is something you wouldn’t see every day. As scientists advance their research, it may become more and more common. Scientists from Duke University have found a way to allow immobilized people to walk. Though the wheelchairs they make are not cheap, it is a major discovery and has created hope for paralyzed people.This wheelchair listens to impulses from the brain and moves mechanical arms attached to body segments, so that it appears that the patient is walking. These wheelchairs will eventually be tested with humans, and if everything goes right, then we could see people using these wheelchairs to walk.
This news is quite important to people around the world that are paralyzed and would like to walk again. People hearing of this will immediately feel a rush of hope as the world becomes one step closer to wheelchairs that can help you walk. This discovery will make a difference in everyday lives if it becomes open to the public, as there will be people walking on the sidewalk with frames wrapped around them, which actually allow them to walk. I feel that wheelchairs assisting someone to walk will make the prospect of being paralyzed a lot easier to cope with. While this article did not directly affect me, I feel that it would be awesome to see paralyzed people stand and walk by themselves. This does not directly connect to what we are learning in science, but I wish we could learn more about this subject. All in all, I can’t wait to hear more about this fascinating topic.


  1. This is super fascinating and a huge step for paralyzed people. It's amazing that the wheelchair can listen to brain impulses and make it appear that the person is walking. This is such an interesting topic and I hope to hear more about it!

  2. I don't quite get how it is considered a wheelchair because a wheelchair consists of 4 wheels and a chair and doesn't require walking. Other then that the whole article caught my interest.

  3. This gives hope to thousands of people all over the world in wheelchairs. This is so amazing! I agree with Oliver though. It really isn't a wheelchair. However, you wrote this very well. It was easy to understand.

  4. Wow Will! This is really fascinating! I really enjoyed the part where you talked about wanting to see paralyzed people walk again.

  5. I am soooooooooo glad! I have always felt bad for the people cant walk, and now they may be able to finnaly be able to! I think you did a good job explaining the concept. You made it easy to understand. Good job Will!

  6. This is so cool, to think that people that are paralyzed could walk again. I hope that when they try it on humans it works but it probably will.


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