The everyday life of the Russian «cyborgs»: iron man and the bionic Princess

© Photo : Michael Denisewakeman prosthetic hand I-limb touch bionicsThe everyday life of the Russian «cyborgs»: iron man and the bionic Princess© Photo : Michael Denisov

Svetlana works as a journalist on television, archery, posing for photographers as a model, plays sitting volleyball (the name of the Paralympic sport. — Approx. ed.), takes part in specialized competitions «Cisatlantic». Comfortable with the word «disabled» and the black humor associated with it.

Sergei, a businessman, happily married, involved in testing the first Russian exoskeleton, it goes in to the office, on walks, and even wore it to his own wedding. High technology help these people every day to do what a few years ago for them was unavailable.

Bionic Princess

Light says to himself with humor. Say, for example, he loved to invent nicknames: Sveta Golden Pen, a one-Armed Bandit, Model-cyborg. In General, Light — bionic Princess, the first in the Arkhangelsk region receiving high-tech prosthetic hand I-limb touch bionics. Its cost is comparable to the cost of the apartment.

The girl says that within two years collecting documents and convinced officials of the need. According to the law in Russia, all citizens with disabilities have the right to receive technical AIDS at the expense of the state. As a result, in 2017, she became the owner of a British made robotic prosthesis with more than 30 different grips and controlled from your phone. The same officials to persuade the girl that this prosthesis is not needed — too heavy.
Light and it’s really heavy?

Svetlana takes the prosthesis and reaches out across the table in a cafe. Light enough on the black carbon kultaranta — funny sticker inside two sensors that reads the pulses of the muscles of the forearm. To use a prosthetic, she learned in two days, used a few months.

«I’m very annoyed that my every action is perceived as an act of defiance to society. For some reason many think that once I do something, trying to prove something. This is not so,» says the girl.

The prosthesis can be almost all only afraid of water, so to wash the dishes and hang the Laundry Light prefer without it, it is also impossible to gather from the floor, for example, scattered beads. It is important to charge the prosthesis. Since the emergency gunzip on it, the Light sometimes gets into a complicated situation.

Earlier the Light used prosthesis, made in the color of the skin, and now specifically chose the black color, «to avoid unnecessary questions». Wears clothes with short sleeves. «I get a lot of comments that it’s ugly, it should hide. And I realized for myself: it is foolish to pass off as real that is not as a priori. And I’m not only on the prosthesis,» says the girl.

Svetlana often written by different people: some ask, what documents are needed to obtain such a device, others just need support. After Svetlana same prosthesis in the Arkhangelsk region has got two men on stage girl.

«You have to understand that a hand is needed for people who lead an active lifestyle, children, teenagers. And when you want to get it from the state, adequately assess their needs.»

Svetlana shows the capabilities of the prosthesis 24 of the grip includes manufacturer 12 can be configured by the owner. One finger jammed.

«Prosthetist scolding me: «Churakova, you don’t regret your prosthesis!» Its creators, when I see my failure, usually ask: «What was she doing with him?» All because the people who received such a prosthesis, wear it like a crystal. What do I do? Just live».

Sergei got in an accident in December 2007. Says that after discharge from the hospital confused. No one could explain where to go for rehabilitation and how to live with trauma. First, information derived from the Internet, then went to Israel, then in Moscow. A few years a man was tracking news about the development of the exoskeleton, and when he learned that his city will host the conference with the demonstration, I went straight. In the hall he was the only person in a wheelchair and offered himself as a pilot.

«Plumbing, overcoming space for legs is very important. Even if you went 1-2 years, it’s still a huge step,» says Sergei Rubinstein.

Weight more than 20 pounds, this model has proper back support, comfortable straps, a natural roll of the foot. Sergey tried to run in the exoskeleton and the first in Russia, was married in it.

«When I have mastered the trainer, I realized that to spend 1.5 hours in the temple for me is not a problem. Suggested to my wife to get married, I wanted to do it standing up, not sitting in a wheelchair. The developers and the team was also not against. We agreed on shooting our own, in fact, made. Because for many it can become a motivation and an example of that in any state you want to live and love», — says Sergey.

All patients undergoing the exoskeleton, feel better. About 45 percent of the pilots talking about the deep feeling in the feet.

The everyday life of the Russian «cyborgs»: iron man and the bionic Princess© Photo : SuitXВстань and go: wheelchairs thing of the past»When a person is able to make the first steps after injury, close to the walk, is a colossal reaction. I remember Sergey called and said, «I felt the muscle.» And before few years back-reaction from the leg muscles after injury, despite training», — says Elena Bondarenko, associate Professor, Department of physical education and rehabilitation of the Northern state medical University, coordinator of the project.

Now the rehabilitation of the exoskeleton are the pilots of the nine municipalities of the Arkhangelsk region, one person goes from the village Mezensky district, where once a week a helicopter flies.

© RIA Novosti / Faith Costemplate, which leads to control of the exoskeletonThe everyday life of the Russian «cyborgs»: iron man and the bionic Princess© RIA Novosti / Faith Costemplate, which leads to control of the exoskeleton
«People come to us who themselves have produced a standing frame, someone adjusting bracket to the wall to stand up. This will power, which does not give up, is amazing. And now from the medicine we can offer them help,» said Olena Bondarenko.

Such rehabilitation is available in 16 regions of Russia. By 2021 there are plans to develop the children’s exoskeleton.

«The future has already arrived, — Sergey tells. Trainer is very motivating, you begin to feel differently. Now it is possible to go in it, and tomorrow maybe we will be able to walk alone».