Locally created walking aid to sell next year

Patients from Pennsylvania to Hawaii who were previously unable to use their legs will be able to test a Berkeley-developed exoskeleton, which enables them to walk, as the product prepares to hit the market sometime early next year. The Exoskeleton Lower Extremity Gait System (eLEGS) was created by Berkeley Bionics,
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Austin Whitney, who has been paraplegic for four years, walked across the stage to receive his diploma.

Campus graduate takes new first steps

UC Berkeley’s graduation day this year was symbolic for graduate Austin Whitney because he was able to experience it in an ordinary way. Not only did he earn his degree, but he received it while standing upright, looking Chancellor Robert Birgeneau directly in the eyes. Whitney, who has been paraplegic
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