Nice: New Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegics Walk Again

February 6, 2016


This is the Phoenix exoskeleton. It was designed to allow paraplegics or people with other mobility disorders to rise from their wheelchairs and walk again. The company hopes to get the cost of the exoskeleton down to $10,000 - $15,000 when they start producing them on a greater scale, but they currently go for around $40,000. Somehow, I know those stupid hoverboards are to blame.

The only motors in the exoskeleton are in the hips, and the knees lock automatically. The user does have to use crutches or a walker to balance themselves, but it can still help them walk. A button on the crutches prods the legs forward by activating the motors in the hips.

Pretty cool, right? I am all about IMPROVING LIVES. And I'd like to think that, in some very small twisted way, I make your life a little better. I know having a friend like you makes my life better. You mean a lot to me. We should get matching tattoos. "No." Matching airbrushed t-shirts at the beach? "Maybe." You're so sweet to me! Let's Eskimo kiss.

Keep going for a couple heartwarming videos about the Phoenix.

Thanks to Andrew B, who just wants to be pulled around in a Radio Flyer wagon all day. Same here, buddy.

  • Jenness

    This is awesome, I also love the standing wheelchair that goes upright just by mechanics, no motor at all which is a lot more affordable for most people.

  • Xockszky

    A tool that is used to help paraplegics walk again... will eventually be used by lazy rednecks.

  • Ailan Hidaz

    I wish scientists would spend more time creating things like this instead of studying the sexual cycle of some bug or fish that no one gives a damn about lol

  • MostlyPonies

    "I'm a marine biologist with no engineering skills, but sure, I'll give it a shot!"

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I'm pretty sure all the medicine out there exists because we've studied nature in the first place.

  • Science at it's best.

  • Deksam

    Probably the same one from Prometheus.

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