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Slideshow: Building a Better Human
12/20/2013

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Rex Bionics has developed a robotic leg system that provides people bound to a wheelchair the ability to stand up and walk unaided by crutches or braces. The system includes 29 onboard computer processors that control movement and balance through joystick control, allowing the Rex user to direct the device to sit, stand, walk, and turn easily. The robotic legs can even walk up steps and up or down slopes.  (Source: Rex Bionics)
Rex Bionics has developed a robotic leg system that provides people bound to a wheelchair the ability to stand up and walk unaided by crutches or braces. The system includes 29 onboard computer processors that control movement and balance through joystick control, allowing the Rex user to direct the device to sit, stand, walk, and turn easily. The robotic legs can even walk up steps and up or down slopes.
(Source: Rex Bionics)

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mrdon
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Building a Better Human
mrdon   12/20/2013 9:41:08 AM
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Great slide show! I didn't realize how far artifical medical technology has progressed over the years. I found the Natcore Technology to be intriquing in the fact the artificial retina uses harvesting technology via solar power energy to operate the eye. Just curious interms of the artifical retina's response with the absence of light. Do you know if there is some type of electrical storage device that alllows it to operate in darkeness?

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Robotic Suit
Habib Tariq   12/21/2013 11:56:35 PM
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This article reminds me of an article that I read three years back. It was about the development of robotic suits to help people with locomotion. The suit was designed to read nerve messages and help perform those actions through the help of a robotic suit. The suit was still in testing stages but the result did show promising signs.

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Habib Tariq   12/21/2013 11:57:31 PM
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mrdon   12/22/2013 1:57:57 PM
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Habib Tariq

Here's an "indego" video about their Exoskelton product that allows paraplegics to walk. Quite an inspirational video as well.

 

http://www.fastcompany.com/3023043/innovation-agents/this-powered-exoskeleton-lets-paraplegics-walk-again

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Hearts
TJ McDermott   12/22/2013 7:27:56 PM
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The technology has come far from the first Jarvik.  The heart shown in the slide is incredible but I wonder what powers it.  Does the recipient wear a battery backpack to keep it running?

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bobjengr   12/23/2013 2:47:36 PM
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Excellent slide show.  I think as medical technology progresses, we will see definite improvements relative to interlinking prosthetics to existing tissues, nerves, muscles, etc etc.  It appears to me that we are headed in that direction already.   I think of the thousands of veterans coming home with injuries from combat and hope that day arrives very quickly.

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shockingly cool
NadineJ   12/24/2013 1:11:16 AM
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The slideshow is very cool.  Glad I opened it.  I was reluctant to click because of the first slide.  With a quick glance, it looks very odd.

I've seen video of the Ekso exoskeleton in the past.  It's amazing.  A lot of people in need have more options than ever.  Hopefully, the prices can lower to benefit more people around the world.

Greg M. Jung
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Robotic Hand
Greg M. Jung   12/24/2013 4:52:44 PM
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The i-Limb also impressed me with its multiple articulation and sleek design.

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Japanese counterpart
taimoortariq   12/24/2013 9:55:30 PM
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I saw an article some time back, similar type of work is going on in Japan as well. The difference is that there prosthetic robot is wearable and adds to the mechanical advantage in walking and lifting as well. Making it somewhat autonomous.

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taimoortariq   12/24/2013 9:58:16 PM
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Here is the link to their website http://www.cyberdyne.jp/english/robotsuithal/ I find it really amazing

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