In a paper published Friday in the Journal of Neural Engineering, scientists Theresa J. Klein and M. Anthony Lewis explain how their model imitates the workings of the body to produce "biologically accurate walking."
"This robot represents a complete physical, or 'neurorobotic', model of the system, demonstrating the usefulness of this type of robotics research for investigating the neurophysiological processes underlying walking in humans and animals," the paper's abstract reads.
Klein and Lewis believe that, by better understanding the walking process in humans, they can gain a better sense of how babies learn to walk--and ultimately help people with spinal cord injuries regain the ability.
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