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A healthy disregard for the impossible

It’s 4 am. I’ve been woken by words and images turning like a storm in my mind. Despite emerging from different sources they all map the same path; they all eventually point to the same place: “…don’t respect the gap between reality and...

Your Ambition Creates The Future

750 people gathered in Queens University. Half of them were there to receive their degrees and half were there in proud support. Queens asked me to speak to the graduating class of the School of Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery prior to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...