Thank you, Tim! Yes, it is amazing to think how quickly someone's life can change so drastically, and a good reminder for all of us, in whatever we're doing, to pay attention. Accidents beyond our control can always happen, of course, but many can be avoided. I enjoyed talking with Chris, the man in the article, because he had such a positive and determined outlook about his life even after his accident, and is handling his paralysis with grace and perseverance.
Yes, shehan, this is what I like most about covering these types of technologies. I am fortunate enough to have all of my limbs and to be in good health and I enjoy surfing nearly every day, so I can only imagine what it must feel like to not be able to do something you love so much, or even walk. So i think these are the types of technologies that companies with the money and expertise should focus more on, not on technologies for war. But that is just my opinion. That said, i am glad to see a military technology being used for something like this.
@Elizabeth – It's nice to see how technology has helped mankind. The human body is a complicated machine, if a robot could be a part of it that's a great achievement. Medical and technology needs to both go hand in hand to make the device user-friendly and hassle-free.
This is a great article seeing technology help people's lives. It is like the power suit in Aliens. It also reminds you to constantly stay safe when working. A small misstep can change your life forever.
What a wonderful article and great example of technology trickledown. It was almost inevitable that research work on defense exoskeletons could be used in this way. Let's hope the research work continues, and companies like Ekso can keep developing the technology for uses such as this.
Great article. And fantastic to see the technology actually helping someone real in the present, as opposed to being a "futuristic thing" as Tagatac himself called it.
The spread of technology from the US defense and space R&D efforts are incredible and have changed all of our lives in ways that most people don't realize. I think this reality is what is most scary about our Congress cutting back funding somewhat indiscriminately (well, threatening to cut back in theory, for the foreseeable future) - a lot of this research will not/cannot happen in the private sector.
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