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    Robot legs may lift people from wheelchairs

    this will be good for daily exercise, keep our legs good and strong. must be expensive and will be ready for homes in six years. Who knows maybe stem cells by then will do the samething. click to see the video.



    Robot legs may lift people from wheelchairs
    Posted: 3/23/2009 at 05:37 PM





    If this headline sounds a bit sci-fi….well it‘s because the idea originally came from of a beloved sci-fi novel. And now - it’s also close to becoming a reality. We’re finally living in an age where these seemingly bipolar realities are becoming one.

    The 411: Monty Reed, a partially paralyzed ex-Army Ranger, got the idea to create a robo-suit to enable people with paralysis walk again after reading Starship Troopers, a classic sci-fi novel written by Robert Heinlein. The story follows soldiers who are given robo-suits, which can carry up to 2,000 lbs. He’s been working on his idea since the mid ‘80s.


    more....

    http://www.disaboom.com/Blogs/tiffin...eelchairs.aspx

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    Lol I just pictured all these SCI with built up rage....they just turn on civilizatoin with their mech warrior suites.
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    hmm combination of robot legs and mini gun and the world is ours (doctor evil accent)..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_coffee View Post
    Lol I just pictured all these SCI with built up rage....they just turn on civilizatoin with their mech warrior suites.

    lolol you are funny.

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    cool, but you might know already about the Rewalk product which is on clinical trial


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    I wonder how long before they have implants into my forearms to give me fingers that work controlled by my mind. I know there's some kind of thing you can get now where you move your shoulder around to operate certain parts of your hands, but I can't remember what it's called. Actually, good strong tenodesis with internal forearm rotation and some good triceps would make me happy. Somebody give me that. It may look like I have it all, but I'm just faking it really will.
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    rybread,

    Are you talking about the prosthetic arm? It can be used only by the people with amputations. A Prosthetic Arm That Acts Like a Real One

    The story is that in 2005, Dean Kamen was visited by US Departament of Defense and they ask him to make a prosthetic arm which will allow to the veterans to pick up a grape without destroying it and to put in their mouths. After 13 months Dean and his team developed the Luke Arm.

    IEEE-spectrum link: Dean Kamen's "Luke Arm" Prosthesis Readies for Clinical Trials

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