All Mark Pollock Blogs

A Growing Desire For Adventure

No traffic, no meetings and no rush. It is a place where the wild rainy weather we are having is described as a 'soft day'. There is time out here. Time to think. And it seems, time to get excited about life's incredible possibilities. Since my accident, and the...

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External Robotics & Internal Biology

I stood, I walked and I did it in a robotic exoskeleton. This is no miracle and it is not the end of the story. But it is the first iteration of a device that some day very soon might offer an alternative to a wheelchair. My experience is that Ekso can’t go up stairs...

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Walking In Robotic Legs!

Yesterday I was rolling around Alcatraz in my wheelchair, today I entered the HQ of Ekso Bionics (www.eksobionics.com) to try and walk. I’m just south of San Francisco in the university town of Berkeley and I’m here to try out a robotic exoskeleton called Ekso. As I...

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Walk before you can run, crawl before you can walk

We’ve been back from Project Walk for nearly 3 months now and I’m balancing training in hospital with Project Walk training in my old university, Trinity College Dublin. I’m training between 12 and 18 hours per week at the moment and this video shows me getting right...

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Reading letters with my tongue

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDvDgysmKLs] Today, I tested a device called a Brainport. It allows blind people to perceive objects using a camera mounted on glasses which sends the image to an electrode held on the tongue. The tongue receives the pixels of...

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Super squat videos from project walk

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKfuEvInPzs] The above video shows me trying squats at a walking frame, while the one below is me doing squats on a Total Gym. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtH0Z4Z93h4]   Working my paralysed legs over the past four...

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Simulating Walking at Project Walk

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6RfGweMWGE] Above is a video of my recent walking simulation at project walk. The theory is that if i want to get any feeling or movement back in my legs then I better try and use them. The video captures my first walking...

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Back Rowing At Project Walk – The Video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_X7vq0Tc14&NR=1] Check out a video of my first faltering strokes on a rowing ergometer at Project Walk. I thought that rowing without the use of my legs would be a complete waste of time but, with the set up improvised by...

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A Video From Inside Project Walk

Apart from the usual blog articles, Simone and I are experimenting with video and audio during the next month at Project Walk. The following link  is our first video taken on an Iphone and uploaded directly to YouTube. I’ll try to get some audio podcasts up here also...

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Day 1 At Project Walk

We're on a ten lane freeway in California. The sun is shining through the window, hot on my face, Simone is driving and I am buzzing. I just spent two and a half hours at Project Walk (www.projectwalk.org)  trying to move sleeping muscles that have been under the grip...

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