IKBFU scientists test neural prostheses

19 December 2017
The IKBFU’s Institute of Living Systems has created a device dubbed ‘Balalaika’. The name comes from a sci-fi novel by Vadim Panov where almost all human beings are equipped with triangle-shaped chips giving their carriers almost superhuman powers. The real-life device is not a triangle, nor does it have similar capacities. However, it can help people solve serious problems. For instance, it can be used as a hands-free wheelchair control. The device translates impulses coming from the brain into motion. It reads physiological parameters – ECG, heart rate, body temperature, etc. – and sends them to a medical specialist when necessary.

Maksim Patrushev, Director of the Institute of Living Systems

‘Our specialists are working to create an avatar – a remote-control device. When you raise a hand, the robot standing at a distance from you raises its hand too. We believe that such avatars will prove helpful as parts of wheelchairs and exoskeletons.
Probably, there is something that we do not know but we have never seen another completely Russian-made neural device.’
Максим Патрушев


The IKBFU’s team took part in the Neurothlon – a competition for disabled athletes using assistive technology.

Natalya Shusharina, Deputy Director of the Institute of Living Systems:
We were the only ones to present an original design. All the other competitors used third-party equipment.

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