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Rex:

(Source: Rex Bionics publicity material.)

(Source: Rex Bionics publicity material.)

The Wrong Trousers:

(© Aardman / Wallace & Gromit Ltd 1993. Used with permission. [Thanks!])

(© Aardman / Wallace & Gromit Ltd 1993. Used with permission.)

Now, imagine if someone fiddled with Rex, added wireless remote control and …*

Footnotes

* For the confused Rex is a recently-announced assistive device for paraplegics and The Wrong Trousers is a Aardman / Wallace and Gromit claymation movie featuring a pair of robotic trousers. If you haven’t seen the movie, I can recommend for ‘kids’ of all ages. (It has reviewed extremely well, for example getting a 100% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.)

My thanks to Bob O’H, whose comment suggested this (see Walking with Rex). I’m still kicking myself for not having thought of it for myself.

Special thanks to Aardman / Wallace & Gromit for permission to use their image.

(Updated to add a little information for those likely to be confused.)


Other posts on Code for life:

Walking with Rex

Consumer brain-computer interface

Mid-week links and a milestone

Minorities, disabilities and scientists