Bionic Legs Are Here

Submitted by: DickenMcHunt 6 years ago in Science

Berkley designed a commercially viable exoskeleton for paraplegics to actually walk!
There are 36 comments:
Male 49
0:50 It looks like some kind of wierd fetish thing. D:
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Male 1,347
In terms of the hulc malfunctioning all you would need to do is have the payload ride the HULC frame and you should be fine in most situations. This is of course under the assumption that the joints don`t just collapse
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Male 7,123
deathxtra,

She explained. Muscle memory, muscle tone, circulation, digestion, access to restaurants and rambles alongside the rest of us. Walking.

Hats off to everyone involved in this. Now that`s what technology should be doing.
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Male 2,788
why not just a motorized standing scooter controlled by a joystick or something..
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Male 251
Heh, can you imagine if that HULC malfunctions while you`re using it, and dumps all 200lbs on your frame without warning?

I can. And it looks an awful lot like a telescoping spine.
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Male 6,694
Wow. Thats what Superman needed.
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Male 155
I wanna see them walk without any assistance to the upper body (i. e. the double canes or the walker).

Still tho this is a great step for these people!
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Male 155
I wanna see them walk without any assistance to the upper body (i. e. the double canes or the walker).

Still tho this is a great step for these people!
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Male 583
id like to see her tackle everest
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Male 418
dragoons....
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Male 2,402
Well this is a step forward. However IIRC there is a Japanese robotics company who already developed such; not just for the legs, but the entire body. You don`t need crutches to walk with it and you can carry a fully grown human up the stairs.
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Male 12,365
This isn`t new - I saw video of the first test subjects a couple of years ago. It`s controlled by shoulder movements, which is better than it first sounds because you normally move your shoulders while walking. The sensors on the harness detect your shoulder movement and move the exoskeleton legs accordingly. Very complex programming job and not perfect (hence the need for crutches or a walker) but it`s a clever idea well implemented.

Must be hard to use at first though. You are essentially sending the same "walk" signals from your brain as you did before you were injured, so everything is telling you that you`re going to fall hard, probably on your face.

I`d like to see information on how long one charge lasts. The lack of it implies that it`s a problem area. The exolegs must be powered and there are limits to how large and heavy the battery pack can be.
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Male 25,416
Thats cool!
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Male 39
Atlas, is it Grandma`s Boy?
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Male 1,313
It was all going so well.. until the battery pack died, her alone on the mountain, when suddenly, without warning.. the lightning storm started...
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Male 417
I`m getting robot legs but It`s a tricky operation. 1+ internet to anyone who gets this reference.
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Female 2,120
0:49
God, E-Legs is such a wh*re
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Male 1,598
Pretty awesome. Hopefully they will be able to improve it so that it would require no upper body effort.

"there is really NO such word as NO."... You just used it twice. *face palm*
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Female 1,515
So cool! I hope they can make it more widely available. Great therapeutic applications too. On another note, just last week (or the week before? err...) the first spinal cord injury patient was injected with stem cells. Hopefully the person gets some movement back, it will be exciting to follow that story too.

@DickenMcHunt I`m a biology nerd so any science stuff that gets posted on IAB makes me super happy xD
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Male 954
No she moved her right leg with her right hand at 15 seconds blackout2587.
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Male 20
@Blackout2587
Watch the video again - you will notice that she is using her right hand to move her right leg at 0:15.
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Male 34
She moved her right leg with no hands at 0:15.
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Male 2,553
Ok, I might not be the most difficult to move to tears, but 2:00-2:30, when she talked about her first steps with eLegs, that definitely touched me. ^^
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Male 1,299
Do you guys like this science stuff because i have a ton of it that I can link. I just figured that most of you IAB degenerates preferred faceplants...

Glad to see people like this. I couldn`t help but smile through half the video.

@CollegeBound
Yes. Pretty sure every male, and quite a few females, did too.
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Male 840
I love to see those smiles.
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Male 1,016
if you ever wondered what pure joy and happiness is or looks like .....just look at the smile on her face when she is walking outside on the sidewalk ....she is beaming !!!!!
Truly amazing ...the technology will only get better !!!
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Male 38,483
so, you could put these on one of those sex-robots, program it, and get a lap dance at home! KEWL!

P.S.
@APedersen - I thought the same thing too. [hangs head in shame]
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Male 582
collegebound said- "did anyone think what i thought at :51?"

Yes. Yes I did, and I know I should feel shame...but I dont.
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Female 108
collegebound
did anyone think what i thought at :51? no? ok.

OMG IS IT SAD THAT I DID LOL!
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Male 1,287
@ collegebound

I went there, too. How could one not given the pose?
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Female 108
thats amazing seams scary tho how do you control how fast or even when to walk?
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Male 1,287
baby steps toward an interesting future.
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Male 15,510
I still prefer the I-Foot (By Toyota, not Apple)

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Male 2,670
Wow. That is absolutely amazing!
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Male 3,745
first question...how much will THIS cost....

second question

did anyone think what i thought at :51? no? ok...
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Male 1,299
Link: Bionic Legs Are Here [Rate Link] - Berkley designed a commercially viable exoskeleton for paraplegics to actually walk!
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