An exo-skeleton which allows people, affected by paralysis, to stand up and walk, has been launched in DCU.
The technology will help people in wheelchairs, to improve their movement and assist them to get back on their feet.
Today’s launch was attended by explorer Mark Pollock, who was paralysed in 2010, who is also collaborating with DCU on the project.
Explorer and wheelchair user Mark Pollock has demonstrated walking in an exoskeleton at the launch of the new programme this morning.
"The robot is kind of like wearing an advanced computer system but it's not heavy when you're in it because the device can stand up on its own."
The technology allows people who are paralysed to stand up and walk aided by a robotic frame that’s strapped to the body.
"When you're in a wheelchair it's difficult to get a hug from people, or for the family member to give a hug... Most people haven't stood up a year, five years, ten years, so you get the chance to stand up and actually move through a room like you used to before an accident," said Mark.
The programme will be available to wheelchair users for free thanks to a collaboration between DCU and the Mark Pollock Foundation.