eLegs: Exoskeleton Allows Paralyzed People to Walk Again

An amazing invention based on a military research specifically for people who are wheelchair-bound. Still expensive and they’ll only be available for use in clinics at first–but it’s an exciting step forward.

The person straps into an exoskeleton made of carbon fiber and steel, which weighs 45 pounds. Sensors in the legs convey their position to a control unit contained in a backpack, and the controller tells which joints to bend to create a natural gait. The user gives the suit commands using two high-tech crutches: pressure on both tells the motorized legs to stand up, pressure on one means to step with the opposite leg. The suit’s battery pack can power up to six hours of walking, and it can reach speeds above two miles per hour.

Thanks Discover Magazine

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