Exoskeleton technology has come a long way. With more sophisticated and lighter designs, this tech is giving hope to those who thought they’d never walk again.
Paralyzed Patients Move with Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton
“Several patients who had been paralyzed in their lower limbs for years have now regained some feeling and movement in their limbs, after learning to control a robotic exoskeleton with their brain, a new study says. The findings were unexpected — researchers had been training the patients to use so-called brain-machine interfaces, including the robotic exoskeleton, with the hope that the patients could one day use the machines to help them walk again.”
Cybathlon 2016: No cyborgs yet, but we’re getting there
“The one-day Cybathlon was organised for the first time this year, and claims to be the first ever competition of its kind. A brainchild of Robert Riener, a professor from the Swiss science and technology university ETH Zurich, the event was held at a roofed stadium in the suburbs of Switzerland’s largest city. ‘Switzerland is the Silicon Valley of robotics,’ Riener tells Ars. ‘I think we have highest density of good robotics researchers and neuroscientists.’”
This $40,000 Robotic Exoskeleton Lets the Paralyzed Walk
“Paralyzed from the waist down after a BMX accident, Steven Sanchez rolled into SuitX’s Berkeley, California, office in a wheelchair. A half-hour later he was standing and walking thanks to the Phoenix—a robotic exoskeleton now available for around $40,000. The suit returns movement to wearers’ hips and knees with small motors attached to standard orthotics. Wearers can control the movement of each leg and walk at up to 1.1 miles per hour by pushing buttons integrated into a pair of crutches.”
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Written by: Andra Cernavskis