After seven years of secret development and and $10 million of investment the high-tech unit was unveiled in Auckland today.
The unit weighs 38kg and is operated by a joystick. It enables a wheelchair user to stand, walk and go up and down steps and slopes. Director Paul Dyson said the technology was unique and he expected sales to go from single digits per month, to dozens each month next year.
the anticipated cost of a Rex unit would be US$150,000 abroad and about $150,000 locally.
''I knew deep down one day I'd stand back up. I'll never forget what it was like to see my feet walking under me for the first time I used Rex.''
*sniff* Heartwarming, isn't it? It's almost enough to make me not want to club them out from under the person using them. Almost. THIS IS GONNA HURT ME A LOT MORE THAN IT IS YOU. *thwack!* Oh -- no that definitely hurt you more.
Hit the jump for a five-minute video of the legs doin' their thang.
Thanks to Sara and Jeff, who agree $150K is a small price to pay to never have to stand on your own two feet again.