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Five years after a motorbike accident left him paralyzed below the waist, Hayden Allen is walking again thanks to the ingenious creation of two New Zealand scientists.
Called the "Robotic Exoskeleton" or Rex, the bionic legs were unveiled for the first time in Auckland. The creation serves as a pair of bionic legs for Allen, enabling him do most things able-bodied people can do, including climbing stairs.
Rex was developed over the last seven years by Auckland inventors Richard Little and Robert Irving. The technology allows users to self-transfer from wheelchair into Rex, strap in and control their movements using a joystick and control pad.
REX is powered by a lightweight, long-life rechargeable battery. The inventors say Rex will cost around 150-thousand US dollars and will be available for purchase in New Zealand by the end of this year.