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    Ekso Bionics' exoskeleton for paraplegics

    I don't know if everyone has already seen this. It's my first time seeing the latest version of this suit. It looks good, much better in black. Also it looks more like something that could be produced. They say they have a goal of reducing the cost so that individuals can buy it but currently it's several hundred thousand dollars.


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    It's looking better. I'd use one if I could afford it some day.
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    Look forward to having to complain about cathing while standing up!

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    I hold about 95% of my hopes for a "cure" down this kind of road......

    If this is the Apple IIe version, then imagine what the Ipad version will be like in 20 years.

    The biggest driver behind the demand for technological advances will simply be the aging populations. There and squillions of aging people (compared with a handfull of poor SCI's). I am happy to ride on their coat-tails and reap the benefits of a fast, cheap, lightweight version of this thing.

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    For the 200K does it come with the guy that walks behind you or is he an extra?

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    Rewalk has their own model going for 80,000 euro which i consider way to expensive.
    200K is a joke just like Amanda boxtel. i though she should be walking after flooding the internet with her India stem cell treatment experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterf View Post
    Rewalk has their own model going for 80,000 euro which i consider way to expensive.
    200K is a joke just like Amanda boxtel. i though she should be walking after flooding the internet with her India stem cell treatment experience.
    I didn't hear that gossip about Amanda. What's the story?

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    We (Craig Hospital) tested these here last summer with a few patients. Impressive stuff for 1st Gen architecture. It was a successful test although not very practical for everyday functionality.

    Agreed, expensive. Like all technologies, with improvement and demand, costs will diminish.

    Ultimately, I believe that the application of an E-Legs system is much easier, versatile and cost effective for the SCI community as well as other disabilities than a biological (cellular based Cure) one. IMHO, technology will trump biology by decades.

    As mentioned above, the demographics and subsequent demands of the baby-boomer population will play a big role in bringing this technology to the "masses" and lowering the investment cost overall.

    Onward & Upward,

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