'Realistic' robot legs revealed

BBC News has heralded the “most realistic robot legs” ever developed, in a headline that could raise hopes of sci-fi style exoskeletal limbs to help disabled people. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has rather run away with the story, saying that researchers have created Wallace and Gromit style “‘wrong trousers’ that walk by themselves”.

The BBC says that US experts have developed the most “biologically accurate” robotic legs yet. These could help understanding of how babies learn to walk and have some role for spinal injury treatment. However, this is still only a ‘baby step’ towards an effective device that a person could use.


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