Published Wednesday, 16 July 2014
The robot - called an Ekso Wearable Walking Exoskeleton - is being hailed as a major breakthrough in the treatment of patients with lower extremity weakness or paralysis.
It was developed in America at a cost of $70m and sells for up to €150,000.
The suit is battery-operated and powered by motors at the hip and knee joints, with all motion initiated through the use of an external controller.
It was demonstrated for the first time in Northern Ireland at an event on Wednesday.
The Health Minister Edwin Poots attended and was impressed by the technology, but with a constrained budget would not rule anything in or out.
The DUP minister said: "Innovation like this helps to drive our health service forward, improves the care we can offer to people who have challenging circumstances and places Northern Ireland at the forefront of research for long term wheelchair users.
"It highlights that with imagination and dedication, these new and innovative technologies can help to change someone's life for the better.
"While the device may not be suitable for everyone due to their specific health condition or the environment in which they potentially might use the device, it is a significant breakthrough."
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