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Exoskeleton allows paraplegic student to walk at commencement


Austin Whitney, a paraplegic, uses exoskeleton to walk across stage at commencement

Graduating senior Austin Whitney, a paraplegic since a 2007 car accident, uses an exoskeleton developed by University of California (UC), Berkeley, engineers to walk across the stage at commencement.

The exoskeleton, a wearable robotic that looks like souped-up leg braces, was developed by Homayoon Kazerooni, a professor of mechanical engineering, and his team of UC-Berkeley graduate students.

"This technology can be accessible to a large number of people, and that is our mission," said Kazerooni, who stood on stage while Whitney took his walk. "Were telling the community that this is possible. This is just the beginning of our work."

You can read more about this story in the UC-Berkeley news story Paraplegic student stands tall and walks at commencement. (Date of Image: May 2011)

Credit: Photo by Steve McConnell, UC-Berkeley

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