The £90,000 'robolegs' that got me out of my wheelchair: How one woman stood on her own feet nine years after she was paralysed
"The 90,000 'robolegs' that got me out of my wheelchair": How one woman stood on her own feet nine years after she was paralysed Positive step: Sophie in the robotic exoskeleton Rex, with her wheelchair in the background
The Iron Man of Firefighting Imagine climbing upwards of a grueling 50 flights of stairs while wearing 30 pounds of gear. That’s the reality for many high-rise firefighters. A little help would be nice, right?! That’s where the AFA Powered Exoskeleton comes in. Strapped over the firefighter’s gear, the device provides supplemental muscle to aid performance in walking, running and carrying up to 200 lbs.. Enough to carry equipment or even injured victims in time-crucial emergency situations.
Wow, this is a next level of exoskeletons, bringing new levels of power to disabled that will easily exceed human capabilities: a functional jet-propulsion swimming robot legs. Are we entering The age of aqua-cyborgius? #wearables
The first affordable, mass-produced robotic exoskeleton will be on sale next year from Panasonic. For 500,000 yen, or slightly under $5,000, this full-body power garment will let you hoist 100-kilo (220-pound) objects and move at speeds up to 8 kph (5 mph). While this device would make a nice addition to any wardrobe, will it have immediate practical value, or will it mainly be purchased by hobbyists and educators as a base platform for mere experimentation?