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Robotic exoskeleton offers potential to help paralysed people regain mobility

5th February 2016

US engineers have developed a new lightweight and agile exoskeleton with the ability to help paralysed people to regain their mobility.

Developed by the University of California, Berkeley and SuitX, the exoskeleton incorporates two motors at the hips and electrically-controlled tension settings that tighten when the wearer is standing, while swinging freely during locomotion.

The movement of each leg can be controlled individually, allowing the user to walk up to 1.1 miles per hour by pushing buttons integrated into a pair of crutches, with power for up to eight hours supplied by a backpack-incorporated battery pack.

It can be adjusted to fit varied weights, heights and leg sizes and used for a range of mobility problems, while it is also around half the cost of other similar exoskeletons.

Mechanical engineering professor Homayoon Kazerooni said: "We can't really fix their disease. We can't fix their injury. But what it would do is postpone the secondary injuries due to sitting. It gives a better quality of life."

It is hoped that devices of this kind will help to reduce people's dependence on cumbersome wheelchairs in future.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801811916-ADNFCR

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