VIDEO: Is the Robotic Exoskeleton the End of the Wheelchair?
Staff posted on December 02, 2015 |

With the Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton, those without the use of their legs can now walk.

The wearable bionic suit utilizes a unique frame and motor designs to act in place of human bone and muscle structures in the legs. With the Ekso GT, users can stand up and walk with full weight bearing and reciprocal gait.

The suit’s frame is custom-modeled for its wearer for natural-feeling support. Battery-powered motors are located at the thighs and lower back to take over for weakened or inactive muscles.

Amanda Boxtel, executive director of the Bridging Bionics Foundation, has been paralyzed from the pelvis down for 22 years. She named her suit “Tucker” after her dearly departed golden retriever.

In the video above, ENGINEERING.com speaks with Boxtel about how the Ekso GT exoskeleton works and she demonstrates how she has reclaimed her ability to stand and walk.

For more information on Ekso Bionics and the Ekso GT robotic suit, visit intl.eksobionics.com.

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