On February 20th, Andrew Merryweather plans to walk his bride Robyn down the aisle. It will be a special day, of course. But this will be extra special because he is a tetraplegic, C5/6 motor complete spinal cord injury. The reason he can walk and stand is a robotic exoskeleton suit. Merryweather (left) is the poster boy for an intensive programme, spearheaded by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Human Performance Lab.
Improvements in therapy and rehabilitation techniques will be just the start. The goal is to develop a local technology base with the potential to create a South African robotic exoskeleton suit.
Read more in the February issue of Popular Mechanics – ON SALE NOW!