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    #16
    Tim is right, what the hell guys?! This is one of many new innovations designed to improve our lives. You should be thanking these guys. Yes it's still the in the Model T stage and not exactly practical, but its pretty fricken amazing nonetheless.

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      #17
      <omg.. you are so funny.... this useless thing will never be usefull.. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING OUT.. come out of your fantasy world... its way to expensive and useless. lets say that it will be much better in 20 years, then it will still be too expensive... hahaha thid guy who made this is so illusionel.. its amazing... he must be on crack... spending so much money on something that is so useless... OMG!!!

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        #18
        Originally posted by Jakob View Post
        <omg.. you are so funny.... this useless thing will never be usefull.. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING OUT.. come out of your fantasy world... its way to expensive and useless. lets say that it will be much better in 20 years, then it will still be too expensive... hahaha thid guy who made this is so illusionel.. its amazing... he must be on crack... spending so much money on something that is so useless... OMG!!!
        Hold your breath, Jacob. This is no laughing matter. Exoskeletons might become an option much sooner than you think. A lot of fast progress is happening in the field of robotics, and these guys from NZ are not the first to present "bionic legs". Somebody already mentioned HAL. Other players working on the same concept:

        "Exoskeleton Suit Enables Paralayzed People To Walk"

        "His robot legs may lift people from wheelchairs"

        Yes, they are still clumsy and slow, i'll give you that, but check out Petman of Boston Dynamics and see the near future. Also google/youtube the latest robots from Toyota and Honda.

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          #19
          Bionic legs allow paraplegic to stand and walk

          Two New Zealand inventors have produced what they claim are the world's first robotic legs to help paraplegics walk again.

          "It enables the user to climb up and down stairs, sit, stand, and step backwards, sideways and forwards -- providing the opportunity for people in wheelchairs who want to walk, to do just that."

          http://news.discovery.com/tech/robot...-and-walk.html

          Very cool!
          My mouth is like a magician's hat, never know what might come out of it.

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            #20
            Being able to balance on one foot is pretty amazing. I believe the walking speed will increase as they develop the unit. Being able to move around without using canes sure seems an improvement over the Israeli design.
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              #21


              Look at the menu...does that mean we can shuffle-dance? ;D
              walking is OVER-RATED!!!

              Broken in August 14th, 2003. T9-L1 complete.

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                #22
                i don't think anything is lame,it's a start.but only someone with a million dollars can afford it.

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                  #23
                  Exoskeleton could benefit troops with spinal cord injuries

                  Exoskeleton could benefit troops with spinal cord injuries
                  By Seth Robson
                  Stars and Stripes
                  Published: August 6, 2010



                  GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — A newly developed robotic exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to stand could help troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs doctor who treats veterans with spinal cord injuries.

                  Using a joystick to control the exoskeleton, called Rex, users can stand, walk and climb stairs.

                  The device’s developer, Rex Bionics of New Zealand, has been in contact with the VA, said Sophia Chun, who practices spinal injury medicine at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System in California. Chun says she would like to test the exoskeleton on some of her patients.

                  “Rex is the only exoskeleton that I know with the ability to take a person with paralysis from a sitting position to a standing position without another person assisting,” Chun said. “It could benefit a larger population than the other exoskeletons out there which require a person to have some motor control.”

                  There are about 26,000 veterans with spinal cord injuries, including 13,000 being treated by the VA, Chun said. Since 2003, 525 servicemembers have suffered spinal cord injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, 170 of which were wounded in combat.

                  The Rex exoskeleton weighs about 85 pounds and runs for two hours on a charge of its lithium-ion batteries, according to Richard Little, an engineer who helped design and build the device, which reportedly comes with a $150,000 price tag.

                  A key innovation in the exoskeleton is the joystick controller, Little said, adding that other robotic exoskeletons are controlled by body movements or neural impulses and require users to have some movement in their limbs.

                  more....

                  http://www.stripes.com/news/exoskele...uries-1.113657

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                    #24
                    Me likey. But I'll wait a few years until they knock down the bulk a little bit. LOL

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                      #25
                      Walking Exoskeletons

                      I went to an SCI forum today and saw videos of two products I hadn't seen before. They are both designed to help people with pretty good upper body strength walk.

                      One is the Rewalk system. I think they said it was developed in Israel and is getting a limited trial in Philadelphia.

                      http://www.argomedtec.com/products.asp

                      The other is available in New Zealand.

                      http://www.rexbionics.com/

                      I bet there are videos somewhere on youtube.

                      Here's Rewalk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCsmCUNOSo8

                      And Rex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGw5DYngHTo
                      Last edited by TomRL; 13 Aug 2010, 5:05 PM.
                      Tom

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                        #26
                        Also this company:
                        http://www.berkeleybionics.com/

                        (KLD)
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                          #27
                          Coming Closer...

                          Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                          Also this company:
                          http://www.berkeleybionics.com/

                          (KLD)
                          Thanks for the link SCI Nurse!

                          There is one more aspect of future mass ExoSkeleton's use:
                          They can be programmed to help in REHAB process @ similar way as Lokomat adjusting power of moving patient legs when sensors detect person's own progressive motion releasing machine for exact same amount of power contributed from patient enabling smooth movement. This technique should gradually help persons with mobility disorders (not to all unfortunately) to achieve greater stability and independent motion.

                          Berkeley Bionics are developing with Lockheed Martin Army ExoSkeleton
                          see VIDEO here
                          They are also adjusting this device "future wheelchair" in their Medical Bionics department for us in relatively low budget project.
                          One of the most crucial part of Exoskeleton is battery life.
                          In search for solution Lockheed Martin is working with EEStor
                          and with EnerG2

                          With above and Hal Robot Suit for hire (in Japan for $ 1,600 / month) good hearted New Zealand project looks like 20 years old garage sale item.

                          If Army recognize benefits of use Medical ExoSkeleton for great numbers of
                          wounded and immobile soldiers in rehab process and everyday INDEPENDENT life, more chances to see mass production.
                          www.MiracleofWalk.com

                          Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary
                          to what we know about nature
                          Saint Augustine

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                            #28
                            Me too, i want to be Robocop

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                              #29
                              New Exo Skeleton will be presented from Berkeley Bionics @ Thursday October 07th, 2010; Crossing fingers for Robocop and Ironman option...
                              www.MiracleofWalk.com

                              Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary
                              to what we know about nature
                              Saint Augustine

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                                #30
                                Here is a link to a interesting youtube video on the Raytheon XO2 exoskeleton. Lets see what Berkeley has to offer this Thursday.

                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Upxs...ature=youtu.be
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