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Rex the Bionic Leg-Bot Helps Paraplegics Walk Again

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A pair of battery-powered bionic legs developed in New Zealand could help paraplegics to walk again, and, in turn, send wheelchairs to the junkyard. According to Engadget, the Rex robotic exoskeleton is operated using a simple joystick and control pad, and it can support the weight of a full-grown adult. Each pair of legs is custom-built to suit an individual's unique stature (the guy pictured above stands 6-foot by 6-inches tall). Best of all, the bionic legs, which took seven years to develop, are designed so users can strap them on and take them off without any help -- providing an unprecedented degree of independence.

Sure, the bipedal bot moves a little slow, and, with a price tag of $150,000 set for its 2011 worldwide launch, Rex is a huge investment. But the health and social benefits that accompany the ability to walk are truly invaluable. As the technology improves and units are sold, we hope Rex's price drops. After all, it'd be a shame for this robotic miracle to exist, and not be accessible to everybody. Check out the miracle after the jump. [From: Engadget]

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