The Power Loader refers to a hydraulic exoskeleton suit that made its first appearance in the film Aliens and is used to move cargo around flight decks and loading bays aboard spacecrafts, but despite looking similar, this brain-controlled exoskeleton is much more. Developed by scientists at the University of Grenoble Alpes, it enables 30-year-old tetraplegic Thibault to walk again. He needed to have two five-centimeter discs of his skull replaced with brain sensors, each with 64 electrodes. Read more for a video and additional information.
The data received from these sensors were analyzed by Thibault’s brain to determine which areas become active when he thinks of walking or moving his arms and then was mapped to train the system. He started by thinking about walking and moving an avatar on a computer screen before beinng strapped to the exoskeleton suit. Next, the team plans on having him “walk and balance autonomously without using a ceiling suspension system.”