Berkeley Bionics eLegs
The feel-good gadget story of the year, without a doubt, was a lightweight exoskeleton from Berkeley Bionics that can help paraplegics walk again.
At the company’s press conference, a person who’d been paraplegic for 18 years demonstrated the eLEGS by walking around onstage.
Her smile shows you everything you need to know about this remarkable invention.
You probably can’t buy one, as it will cost around $100,000. But it’s the sort of thing that a hospital or physical therapy clinic might buy to help people do rehabilitation exercises, which can be especially beneficial for people who were recently injured. That’s because the eLEGS can help them get started on load-bearing, upright, walking exercises while they still have the muscle memory for walking.
The eLEGS exoskeleton is not the only such device: A company called ReWalk makes a similar, $100,000 gadget that appeared on Glee this month.
Hat Tip: WIRED