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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Berkeley Bionics eLEGS for Wheelchair Users


Berkeley Bionics™, developer and maker of bionic exoskeletons that augment human strength, endurance and mobility, today unveiled eLEGS, a wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device that powers paraplegics up to get them standing and walking.
eLEGS was unveiled at a press conference today in San Francisco by Berkeley Bionics’ CEO, Eythor Bender, who explained that the company’s mission is to provide people with unprecedented mobility options. 


eLEGS is a wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device that enables people with paralysis to stand up and walk again. The exoskeleton is battery-powered and rechargeable, fitting comfortably and securely over the users clothing. The current eLEGS prototype — under nominal usage in a rehabilitation setting — stays charged over 6 hours.
Initially, eLEGS will be used under medical supervision for rehabilitation and training. Current prototypes of eLEGS enable users to walk in a straight line, stand from a sitting position, stand for an extended period of time, and sit down from a standing position. When the device debuts at rehabilitation centers next year, users will be able to make tight and wide turns, and take steps on without help. 
See video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcM0ruq28dc&feature=player_embedded
(Source/Image: Berkeley Bionics)

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