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Bionics company wants to replace wheelchairs with robotic legs

Wheelchairs could be a thing of the past before too long, thanks in part to New Zealand robotics company
By: Sean Ridgeley | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Mar 24, 2016 8:12 pm

New Zealand robotics company Rex Bionics is on a mission to make wheelchairs a thing of the past. Its 'Rex' project -- which lets disabled persons walk with the use of a robotic leg device -- is already in the prototype stage and is impressive.

 

 

It does more than simply let you walk, too: sitting in a wheelchair so often on a daily basis is a lot of pressure on the body and reduces bone density, but due to its design, none of this is an issue with the Rex.

 

The device is slow and somewhat bulky, but represents a remarkable feat and a great starting point for the company and others in the industry to work from.

 

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NEWS SOURCES:Bloomberg.com

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