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Bionic legs allow paralysed man to walk again!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:37 am
by shimmy

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:27 am
by Brian
Holy hopping snot!!

:woo:

I don't think this technology would do much for me, as my legs have atrophied to the extent that I can't straighten my legs fully, but this is a boon to those recently-injured! :toast: :thumbleft:

Re: Bionic legs allow paralysed man to walk again!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:35 am
by Brian
They're looking at a pretty small market, though. Apparently, the legs are $150,000! :o

Re: Bionic legs allow paralysed man to walk again!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:39 pm
by shimmy
Brian wrote:They're looking at a pretty small market, though. Apparently, the legs are $150,000! :o


Question?
Would you pay that much if you could use these and have more freedom?

Re: Bionic legs allow paralysed man to walk again!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:51 pm
by Marie5656
I am not disabled, so it may be unfair for me to say thay I probably would not pay for this...at least not that much. But as I am not in a position to need such a device..who am I to say. I woul think it would be great for someone with a spinal cord injury. I am asuming the device, as is, is a first in a series of what could be done. For that, I say way to go...and I hope the technology can serve a useful purppose.

Re: Bionic legs allow paralysed man to walk again!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:52 pm
by Brian
shimmy wrote:
Brian wrote:They're looking at a pretty small market, though. Apparently, the legs are $150,000! :o


Question?
Would you pay that much if you could use these and have more freedom?


If I had the money, I would.

The problem with these kinds of devices is that they're almost never seen as medically necessary, from an insurance point of view. That's why the iBot never took off. There's lots of neat "quality of life" things that have been invented, that flop because you can't get insurance to pay for things you don't literally need. (The reason the iBot flopped was because it was an expensive motorized wheelchair for people who didn't need motorized wheelchairs.)

If Christopher Reeve was alive today, this is the kind of thing he might be able to use (depending on how much use he had of his hands -- I can't remember), but for your average shlub in a wheelchair, it's nothing more than a tease, at that price. If Quickie made an exoskeleton like this and priced it at $1,5000-$3,000, you might get an insurance company to pick it up, but not before then.

I also have a question: What happens when you walk to where you want to go? I mean, do you press a switch and just sort of flop out of the thing?

Re: Bionic legs allow paralysed man to walk again!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:00 pm
by shimmy
good point Brian?
Wonder fi you just left it attached all day?

Re: Bionic legs allow paralysed man to walk again!

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:26 pm
by Brian
I checked out their website. It's apparently not meant to replace a wheelchair -- which is a problem. If a person spends beaucoup bucks on something like this, they expect to not need another piece of medical equipment. (Wheelchairs (of the kind you wouldn't mind being caught dead in, at least) cost ~ $1,500-$2,000 right now. This piece of technology (as it currently exists) costs 75-100 times that much, and it's in addition to, not in place of, a wheelchair.

The video explains how to get in and out of it. From the video, it sounds as if the market for this device is expected to be the disabled, rather than the handicapped:


Re: Bionic legs allow paralysed man to walk again!

PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:22 pm
by sledge
That's good news..

But the Video above reminds me of a Cylon. I think in the future some people may turn into a Robotic(cylon) with all these robotic legs and arms.

Watch them in action