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.

Published Thu, Mar 24 2016 3:12 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

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.

Bionics company wants to replace wheelchairs with robotic legs |

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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