New legs for wheelchair users: new Zealanders have created the world’s first “exoskeleton”

The loss of the ability to control your body due to injury or disease of the spine – one of the worst misfortunes that can befall a person. Older people remember Yelena Mukhina, Soviet gymnast, the absolute champion of the world, which as a result of injury was bedridden for 26 years. But now to help some of these people with disabilities (those who have only immobilized legs) may be the device created by inventors from New Zealand. Their “robotic exoskeleton” is still clumsy and heavy, and can operate without recharging or replacement of batteries in just 2 hours, but it already gives the paralysed disabled the ability to move albeit slowly.

More recently, we were surprised by the emergence of bionic prosthesis, the principle of which is that nerves, formerly innervirujushchie limb, supply to other muscles preserved after the amputation, and with them the sensors take the signal and direct it to the processor controls the motors, causing the prosthesis to move. But when the spinal cord is the transmission of nerve impulses becomes impossible, and then to help people who have lost mobility of their lower limbs, but kept his hands come to the aid of the invention of engineers from the new Zealand company REX Bionics.

Recently the news programs, probably, all TV channels around the world showed unique footage – young man Hayden Allen (Allen Heiden), paralyzed below the chest due to a severe motorcycle accident, had to move freely around the Studio, although several years was confined to a wheelchair. He was assisted in this device “exoskeleton”. In it Walker legs fixed straps in the groin area, knees and ankles. This device is controlled through a joystick plus there is an additional control panel. In General, such a device is quite simple to manage, and after a little workout man, still moving only in a wheelchair, can walk.

How are the inventors of Rex Bionics, already in 2011, the first exoskeletons can be purchased, however, the cost of the device exceeds $ 150,000 – not every disabled person can afford “new legs” for the same amount.

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