Thursday, July 15, 2010

We can rebuild him...we have the technology

The last time we reported on a bionic/robotic...anything, it was the short-lived, yet rather entertaining, coverage we provided of the emergence of the world's first bionic cat. It seems that we can once again delve into the world of robo-medicine; this time with a human.

A New Zealand company (makes you proud, doesn't it?) named Rex Bionics has developed a groundbreaking pair of what the developers have called 'robotic pants' - which, in something of a miraculous moment, allowed the guinea pig, named Hayden (pictured above), to walk for the first time in five years. 

Just a couple of minor issues stop this amazing new device from making it to the masses of wheelchair-bound customers just yet. First off, it's extremely slow - with the robotic legs taking what seems a lifetime to take a single step. Secondly, there's the fact that it lacks any real aesthetic appeal yet. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it comes with the haunting pricetag of a mere $150,000. 

The upbeat promotional video made by the company, which can be seen above, details the benefits that the product can offer to somebody who is disabled. [Rex Bionics via TVNZ]
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