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12 JUNE 2014

REX: independent mobility through hands-free robotic exoskeleton

"Rex Bionics Plc (The Rex Bionics Group) is the global technology leader in robotic exoskeletons (REX). Uniquely, REX® provides independent mobility to wheelchair users and other mobility impaired persons using advanced robotic technology, custom–designed electromechanical actuators, precision engineering, and specialised networking systems.

The key differentiator of REX is the fact that it has been designed from the outset to provide mobility to non–ambulatory wheelchair users rather than as a means to enable otherwise fit individuals to lift supra–physiological loads, enhance endurance or aid mobility of those able to walk with crutches.

The device is designed to enable all users to stand and walk, and REX Personal™ users to scale stairs and navigate slopes."

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ambulatory disability • Aotearoa New Zealandapplied researchartificial limbbionicsbodycyborgdesign for disabilitydisability • electromechanical actuators • engineeringexoskeletonfuturistic machines • hands-free robotic exoskeleton • human body • independent mobility • intimate interfaceskiwi ingenuitylegslocomotionman machinemechanical engineeringmitigating impairmentmobility • mobility aid • mobility impaired • movingnew ways of being • paraplegic • physical engagementphysiologyproduct designprosthesisprosthetic leg • REX • Rex Bionics • Rex Bionics Group • Rex Bionics Plc • Richard Little • Robert Irving • robotic exoskeleton • robotic systemsrobotic technologyrobotics • Sophie Morgan • spinal cord injury • supraphysiological • thoracic vertebrae • walk • walkingwalking machine • wheelchair users

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
12 FEBRUARY 2013

The 2013 Kinetica Art Fair: Illusion and Reality

Kinetica Art Fair 2013, February 28th – March 3rd 2013, Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS, London, UK

"The Kinetica feature exhibition and events programme is themed on 'Illusion and Reality' and the thin veil that divides what is real and perceived. The exhibition will focus on perceptions of reality, with works by 19 international artists exploring the many dimensions of illusion. The exhibition aims to challenge ideas on what is real, perceived or imagined, and focuses on transformation, metamorphism, visual paradox, vibration, nature, the subliminal and the subconscious.

The exhibition includes a huge interactive light sculpture from Dutch artist Titia Ex, an exoskeleton hybrid of man–animal–machine by Christiann Zwanniken and a giant three dimensional zoetrope by Greg Barsamian.

The boundaries between reality and illusion will be explored in a series of live performances using the Musion holographic projection system, and features an international line–up including the award–winning audiovisual collective Origamibiro ; a fusion of 3d imaging and quantum mechanics in danceroom Spectroscopy ; a hypnotic audiovisual experience from Simulacrum ; and multi–sensory Polish collective INIRE. The Musion Academy will present a further series of captivating performances including Analema Group, AV3, IEOIE and Paul Prudence.

Key figures and eminent pioneers in the fields of new media art and neurosciences have been invited to participate in a daily programme of Talks, which also features presentations by experimental artists exhibiting at the Fair."

(Kinetica Museum, UK)

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2013 • 3D imaging • Alistair Burleigh • Analema Group • Aphra Shemza • Ariel Avraham • audiovisual collectiveaudiovisual experience • AV3 • Chris Levine • Christiaan Zwanikken • Christian Ristow • David John Rosewell • David Ogle • Delfin Ortiz • Dianne Harris • exhibitionexoskeleton • Gregory Barsamian • holograph • holographic projection • hypnotic • IEOIE • illusionillusion and reality • INIRE • Ivan Black • Kinetica Art Fair • Laurent Debraux • light artlight sculpturelive performanceLondon • Ludwig Wilding • Madi Boyd • man machine • metamorphism • multi-sensory • neurosciencenew media art • Okhaos Creations • OrigamibiroparadoxPaul Prudenceperceptionperceptions of reality • Pierrick Sorin • quantum mechanicsrealityreality and illusion • Roseline de Thelin • Simon Gudgeon • simulacrum • spectroscopy • subconscious • subliminal • The Musion Academy • Tim Lewis • Titia Ex • transformationUKvibrationvisual paradox

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
03 NOVEMBER 2010

Stelarc: The Body is Obsolete

"Stelarc is an Australian artist who has performed extensively in Japan, Europe and the USA – including new music, dance festivals and experimental theatre. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems and the Internet to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body."

(Contemporary Arts Media)

Fig.1 Stelarc (2005) 'The Body is Obsolete' DVD & CD–ROM

Fig.2 Stelarc (2009) 'Stretched skin' type C photograph, 120.0 x 180.0 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Scott Livesey Galleries

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2005 • alternate interfaces • artistartworkAustralian artistbodycorporealcreative practicedeviceengineeringexoskeletonexperimentalhypothetical questionsintimate interfaces • involuntary interfaces • motion prosthesis • movement performance • muscle • nervous systemperformanceperformance artperformance artistprostheticsrobotic artroboticssculptureservo • Stelarc • telematic • transhuman • virtual bodyvirtual realitywalking sculptures

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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