Mind-Controlled Robots Teach Paralyzed to Walk Again (Watch)

Mind-controlled robots? They might sound like something out of a science fiction movie. But, for research and test patients in Brazil and the U.S., they have also helped make what was once thought to be fantasy into reality.

The goal of the research has been to use robots that work with the brain so that paralyzed people may be able to move and walk again just by thinking. But along with initial success in meeting that goal, the research also yielded another unexpected outcome. Some of the patients actually began to regain some natural control over their own bodies by working with the robots. A few even had their statuses changed from full to partial paralysis.

Improving those body and muscle functions was never part of the researchers’ original plan. In fact, they didn’t even consider it to be a possibility. But since they were open to seeing whatever outcomes came from their research, they’ve now realized an added benefit. And in their next round of research, they plan on testing out how mind-controlled robots can be used as treatment — on purpose this time.

Why You Need to Stay Open to Opportunities

Your business might not have anything to do with treating patients or working with mind-controlled robots. But there’s still something to be said for the importance of remaining open to possibilities — whatever business you may be in. Once you’ve put in the time and effort to develop a new product or service, remember to stay open to opportunities that emerge, however unexpected they may be. The result might be a market you could never have imagined but that takes your business to new levels of success.

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Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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