Remember Claire Lomas, the woman paralysed from the chest down who amazingly managed to complete the London marathon in 17 days with the help of a robotic exoskeleton? She’s become the first person in history to take home a power suit for every-day living. Even though unaided she can’t walk, she can now climb stairs, walk about, and, most importantly, stand at the bar to get a pint.
The marathon walk Lomas completed in April was a hell of a beta test for the machine, which up until that point was still in trials. This is the first time a suit has been given to a disabled patient for full time usage, and marks a major stop forward for power suit technology — next step, Iron Man.
It’s hoped that quite a few wheel chair users could be equipped with the suit to take them out and about, which would be fantastic. But I still can’t help but think how good it’d be to have one of these power suits, maybe in hot-rod red and orange, for myself. Imagine being able to lift vast weights, or leap tall buildings in a single bound. OK, we’re not there just yet, but one can dream, right? [Reuters]