Items tagged with Bionics

Abandoned as a puppy along with his mother and siblings by his original owners, and after losing his paws to frostbite, Naki'o has become the world's first dog to be fitted with a complete set of four prosthetic paws, turning him into a "bionic dog." Christie Pace was looking for a playmate for her Jack Russell terrier mix Poki, and fell in love with Naki'o despite his infirmities. She held fundraisers in order to provide him with two prosthetics for his rear legs, but after the company that provided them, Orthopets, saw how well the red heeler puppy did with the first two, decided to give him... Read more...
Exoskeletons definitely have military uses, but what about something for regular folks? You might think none of them would need an exoskeleton, but there's an obvious use case: paraplegics. On Thursday, Berkeley Bionics, an San Francisco Bay Area company founded in 2005, unveiled what it calls eLEGS. eLEGS stands for Exoskeleton Lower Extremity Gait System. eLEGS is designed to help paraplegics stand up and walk on their own. Berkeley Bionics has previously developed exoskeletons for military use. The product consists of a pair of "smart crutches" as well as the exoskeleton, which is made of steel... Read more...