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Robot legs give paraplegics new hope

04 Jul

It’s not often I get choked up watching a piece of technology being demonstrated, but check out this video of paraplegics testing out a robotic exoskeleton from California-based Ekso Bionics:

Ekso has opened a rehabilitation centre in Germany to try its robotic exoskeleton out on a larger scale. As evidenced by the video and recent reports from test patients, the gear is a big hit (here’s a photo gallery). It’s still pricey – about $150,000 – but the company hopes to get it down to about half that.

The technology, long-time readers may remember, comes from the military. Contractors including Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have for years been working on exoskeletons that can help soldiers carry big loads.

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Posted by on July 4, 2012 in health, robots, war

 

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