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New Bionic Device to Help Paraplegics Walk

by Kathy Jones on  October 24, 2011 at 9:23 PM Medical Gadgets   - G J E 4
The London International Technology Show on Friday saw the unveiling of a new bionic device known as Ekso which will help paraplegics to walk by picking up nerve signals from the body and converting them into strides.

The Ekso device got its name due to the resemblance to an exo skeleton and was initially developed by the US military which thought that it will give superhuman strength to the soldiers. However its makers, Ekso Bionics, quickly realized its potential in helping people with spinal injuries.
 New Bionic Device to Help Paraplegics Walk
New Bionic Device to Help Paraplegics Walk
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The device was demonstrated with the help of Amanda Boxtel, who was paralyzed from below her waist in a skiing accident in 1992. Describing the device as "life changing", Amanda said, "The first time I walked in them I went back to my hotel room and cried hard. To walk with my knees bent, heels striking the ground again is just amazing. At a cocktail party rather than looking up at nostrils and chins, I 'd be able to stand eye to eye."
 

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