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Berkeley Bionics eLEGS

October 7, 2010

Based closely on their work on HULC, an exoskeleton designed for military use, Berkeley Bionics have built a consumer version called eLEGS. The lower-limb exoskeleton allows users who would otherwise be confined to a wheelchair to walk. It looks as though the device supports most of the weight of the user, but still requires use of crutches or a walker to fully stabilize. Another application of the eLEGS will be rehabilitation of users with functioning legs by providing assistive or resistive forces to retrain their muscles so they can return to normal function.

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