Robotic trousers to help paraplegics walk again

A revolutionary exoskeleton , a bionic walking device that allows paraplegics to stand and walk up stairs has gone on show in the UK's largest technology exhibition for the disabled, Naidex National.

The pioneering bionic device, called ReWalk, is the brainchild of engineer Amit Goffer, founder of Argo Medical Technologies, a small Israeli high-tech company.

He said the RoboCop-style suit would be an ideal device for injured British soldiers.

The robotic system, which requires crutches to help with balance, consists of motorized leg supports, body sensors and a back pack containing a computerized control box and rechargeable batteries.

The user picks a setting with a remote control wrist band - stand, sit, walk, descend or climb - and then leans forward, activating the body sensors and setting the robotic legs in motion.

The system will be available for £50,000 to personal users by the start of 2012.

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