Bionic Legs Help Paralyzed Woman Walk Again

Berkeley Bionics is testing their exoskeleton walking device for paraplegics known as eLegs. Of the ten trial facilities, the only one at a public hospital is the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. I had the chance to watch and talk with Stephanie Sablan during her last physical training session with eLegs. The video above isn't fancy, but it gives you a good idea of how the device works during actual operation.

“eLEGS is a wearable, artificially intelligent, bionic device that enables people with paralysis to stand up and walk again. The exoskeleton is battery-powered and rechargeable, fitting comfortably and securely over clothing. Initially, eLEGS will be used under medical supervision for rehabilitation and training”. – BerkeleyBionics.com

Paralysis victim Stephanie Sablan is helped by physical therapist Shonna Moran as she walks using eLEGS robotic legs at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center on May 25, 2011 in San Jose, California. Sablan, 24, was paralyzed from the waist down earlier this year when she was in a car accident and has begun using the newly developed eLEGS made by Berkeley Bionics. The robot-like battery powered eLEGS fit over clothing and enables people with paralysis to stand up and walk again.