Rex Bionics Signs Deal with US Army for Robotic Suits for Maimed Veterans

Published by , April 10, 2016 8:48 pm

(Stuff.co.nz) Auckland robotics company Rex Bionics has signed a deal with the United States Army to help amputee soldiers get back on their feet. The special agreement means the firm, which develops robotic suits and legs, will be able to test out its developing “Rex Suit” technology on hundreds of maimed veterans. The design was inspired by the ‘power loader’ exoskeleton worn by Sigourney Weaver’s character in Aliens. The resulting Rex Suits are operated by a joystick that allows the wearer to walk, move sideways, turn around, climb stairs, and exercise.
Rex Bionics has spent many years and millions of dollars getting its robotic legs fit for commercial sale. Company co-founder Richard Little said the deal had massive potential for the company which was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2014, but has lost 80 per cent of its share value since then.

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