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Watch a paraplegic walk using Berkeley Bionics’ new eLEGS technology.

The lithium-ion battery-powered device is fairly simple to use—wearers can secure the eLEGS’ Velcro straps and clips to themselves in a matter of minutes once they have had a little practice. The device’s gesture-powered interface senses where users intend to go and acts accordingly.

Practiced users can walk as fast as two miles per hour, and eLEGS pack enough battery power for four hours of use before recharging—much longer than average users would need. In any case, says Berkeley Bionics VP of engineering John Fogelin, adding more battery cells is easy. The eLEGS take approximately an hour and a half to charge from a standard outlet.

Fascinating. The future approaches.

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