Aug 4, 2010

Science Scene - Bionic Man?

REX, the Robotic Exoskeleton, is designed to help those usually bound to wheelchairs stand up and walk, and it should be commercially available later this year.

Created by two New Zealanders whose mothers are confined to wheelchairs, REX allow users to self-transfer from chair to the exoskeleton, then control their movements via a joystick and control pad. It runs on a rechargeable battery that lasts about two hours during continuous use and is swappable in instances where the user wishes to move about on his or her feet for longer periods.

At $150,000 USD, REX is by no means inexpensive, but it does offer wheelchair users a practical and (almost) readily available means of getting out of their chairs. Other technology like HULC (which isn't intended for paraplegics anyhow, but rather to enhance strength and performance) are still in testing and could be for awhile. REX will go on sale in Auckland later this year and should be available worldwide by mid-2011.

I am speechless, very coolio, if you have three minutes, watch the video.  This is fricking awesome.


  1. When I first saw Alien and you see the loader exoskeleton I thought this might be what got developed first, exoskeletons for those with impaired movement. Glad to see it is finally here. What an amazing personal tech empowerment device.


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