Thursday, 20 January 2022

The war between Wheatley and Stabler heated up, leading to one of the best pre-hiatus cliffhangers yet.

On Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2 Episode 12, Stabler took his hatred of Wheatley to a new level.

The two nearly killed each other before Wheatley claimed to be living in Stabler's head. But is Stabler also living in Wheatley's?

I'm not quite sure why Stabler insisted on driving Wheatley out of his mind with jealousy.

Maybe he wanted to get him off his game, but that wasn't clear, and it seemed like Stabler had gotten sidetracked with this whole fake relationship with Angela plot.

It wasn't like he was trying to get info out of Angela or lure Wheatley into a trap. This felt like he was getting revenge on his nemesis. No more, no less.

It led to an intense fight almost to the death in the elevator, but it ended with Bell ordering Stabler to leave Wheatley alone while Wheatley boasted that he lived in Stabler's head. So what did that accomplish?

It didn't stop Wheatley from messing with the stock market. It didn't get him or McClane any closer to getting arrested.

It was entertaining as hell but ultimately unnecessary. Stabler shouldn't waste time going after Wheatley for fun. He should only do it if it's part of a larger plan.

Angela: What's all this?
Stabler: I thought I'd pretend to be in love with you.

It just reinforced Wheatley's claims that Stabler is obsessed with him.

1PP's pressure on Bell to take Stabler off Wheatley's case adds an exciting dimension to the story, though I again have to wonder what's wrong with Garcia.

The governor lost his wife partially because he didn't listen to Stabler's warnings about the Albanian mob. So why the hell is he trusting Wheatley over Stabler now?

Anyway, this whole plot may backfire if that psychiatrist allows Stabler his two days to prove he's not delusional or obsessed. Now THAT's how you end an episode when the next one's not coming for a month.

But what happened to Angela faking severe injuries?

Stabler has her number as far as that goes, but it felt as if the writers completely forgot that plot thread.

Nobody was surprised that Angela was acting like her old self. Not Stabler, not Bell, not Moldanado and Cho. It was as if everyone had been briefed on her deception while we weren't looking.

Organized Crime is usually better than that. Why build up the fake injury story to have it fizzle out?

Anyway, Wheatley was acting so over-the-top violent that I wondered if he knew he was being watched.

He almost always is a step ahead of the cops. It doesn't take a massive leap of imagination to assume that he was aware and was putting on a performance for their benefit.

His anger when he believed Angela had slept with Stabler was real, though. That was in his private quarters, away from prying eyes, and he screamed at McClane, too.

Still, though, I'd be surprised if Wheatley wasn't aware that Angela's apartment had been bugged and behaved accordingly. It's logical for the cops to do, and Wheatley enjoys putting on a show for his enemies.

Angela is a bit of a wild card too. What exactly is her plan? Is she on Wheatley's side or not?

She seems to want to work with him but stops short of anything physical and is trying to convince him it's over between them. Could she be double-crossing the husband she seems to have double-crossed the cops to protect?

After all, Angela will do anything for her kids, and it's impossible to tell whose side she's on.

McClane is even more of an enigma. He was reluctant to work with Wheatley in the first place but appeared to be doing his bidding. Then he reached out to Stabler with alleged digital fingerprints tying Wheatley to the stock market scam.

Like Angela, McClane appears to be playing both sides. Or maybe he's out for himself. He has no problem stabbing Wheatley in the back yet doesn't want to go back to jail.

Stabler said Angela was playing a dangerous game, but McClane is playing a worse one. Betraying Wheatley is an excellent way to get killed, and not in any conventional manner, either. Wheatley is the man who drowned a former associate in an octopus tank, after all.

He could be plotting an ignominious death for McClane right now. He's got to be aware that McClane isn't as squarely on his side as he claims.

I'm also curious about what Wheatley's plans for Bernadette are.

Messing with her pushes Stabler's buttons, so is this Wheatley's version of Stabler's crazy plan, or does he have some larger goal in mind?

Stabler's already suspicious of Miles, as he should be. The guy just moved into the neighborhood and is wooing Bernadette mere weeks after Wheatley tried to scare her.

Miles: Bernadette tells me you're a police officer.
Stabler: True. So if you get fresh with her, I'll arrest you.

Even before Wheatley and Miles met up, I thought anyone who came to the door could be trouble. And Stabler's "joke" about how he'd arrest Miles if he got fresh with Bernadette was no joke at all.

That conversation felt like a quasi-interrogation, and chances are, that's exactly what it was.

I hate this for Bernadette.

She's suffered so much throughout her life and thinks she's finally found happiness, only for the guy to be a first-class jerk who is messing with her on Wheatley's orders.

Eli seems to be in the know about what's going on with his grandmother's social life, so maybe he'll be the one to uncover the truth before Wheatley's plan gets too far.

That reveal will break Bernadette's heart, though, and that sucks.

Your turn, Organized Crime fanatics.

Hit the big, blue SHOW COMMENTS button and let us know what you think. If anyone has any clue how messing with Angela fits into Stabler's plans for Wheatley, let me know that too!

If you missed the episode, don't worry. We've got you. Just watch Law & Order: Organized Crime online right here on TV Fanatic.

Law & Order: Organized Crime airs on NBC on Thursdays at 10 PM EST/PST. The next new episode airs on February 24, 2022.



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Freeform's new dramedy Single Drunk Female focuses on getting through the day and starting over.

The series was a pleasant surprise. It's not an overly serious approach to alcoholism and recovery, though the dramatic covers emotional aspects of Sam's relationships. It's also not slapstick funny with her getting drunk on the floor all the time.

Single Drunk Female walked a delicate balance of emotional depth and snarkiness. Sofia Black-D'Elia shined to portray a young woman trying to rebuild her life after hitting rock bottom.

In  Single Drunk Female Season 1 Episode 1, Sam thought she was a high-functioning drunk. She showed up to work with vodka in her water bottle, insisting she could do her job.

When her boss confronted her and ultimately fired her, she became belligerent. She drunkenly assaults him with her phone. Soon, she found herself in trouble with the law and court-ordered sobriety.

As her probation officer repeatedly inferred, someone higher up liked Sam because she got a sweet deal. It just takes a while for Sam to think of other people besides herself.

At first, she wanted to complete her AA meetings as quickly as possible and be done with everything. Like many alcoholics, she doesn't believe she has a problem.

Olivia: This is not something you want to do alone.
Sam: This is not something I want to do at all.

Sam was in complete denial that she thought she could have a few beers and control her drinking. Freeform showed how easy it was to slip out of control, especially when confronted with emotional triggers.

Sam: They say the secret to sobriety is one day at a time so I’ll just start over tomorrow.
Felicia: Tomorrow is always a new day.

Sam's ex-best friend Brit (Sasha Compere) broke the essential rule of the girl code and is now engaged to Sam's old boyfriend Joel( Charlie Hall). Running into Brit the night of her bachelorette party sends Sam off the deep end and Brit and her current BFF Felicia (Lily May Harrington) into protective mode,

Sam's friendships were some of the most exciting parts of the first two episodes. Watching Brit and Felicia argue over who would get a drunk Sam home was one of the funniest scenes. Felicia and Brit hated each other, but they both cared about Sam.

While they were fighting, though, Sam snuck into her car and backed into Brit's party bus.

Sam had officially hit rock bottom. She was sent back to jail for the second time in two months, and her sobriety calendar reset to zero days. Sam's mom, Carol(Ally Sheedy), has hit her limit.

Their mother and daughter relationship is fraught and dysfunctional since she wanted to help her daughter, but she was still grieving the loss of her husband and just wanted to be left alone.

Carol: Everyone wants to have some wine at night. It’s hard to be a person.
Sam: I’m just doing the best I can.
Carol: I’m sure you have. The rest of us have done the best we can the whole time you have been drinking.

As Carol noted, it's often tricky making it through the day without a glass of wine. It's even harder to be a person. That is the actual premise of Single Drunk Female.

Everyone has their issues, and it's time to make the best of it and take baby steps one day at a time, as we see Sam start to do in Single Dunk Female Season 1 Episode 2.

Sam's recovery made her relatable. She found herself help from her no-nonsense AA sponsor Olivia (Rebecca Henderson), her stylish grocery store boss Mindy (Jojo Brown), and her off-limits crush and fellow addict James (Garrick Bernard).

Even though Sam was only nine days sober, she was exhausted from withdrawal and working at the grocery store. It was funny to see her falling asleep behind the cereal boxes.

Sam didn't want to work there until Brit informed her she needed to pay her $5,000 for the additional damages to the party bus. While Brit may be painted as the bad guy, I suspect there are more layers to their relationship.

Brit, are you serious? Do you think I would be doing this if I had $5,000?

Sam

Sam panicked because she didn't know how to get that money. Showing up unannounced at Olivia's was the wrong move since her wife Stephanie didn't like her sponsees monopolizing their time constantly.

Their relationship has its own set of issues since Stephanie only let Olivia and Sam chat for five minutes precisely before returning and making passive-aggressive comments, trying to get Sam to leave. Olivia taught Sam to think like an adult.

Part of your recovery is to act like an adult in the world and figure out a solution.

Olivia

Unfortunately, Sam's relationship with her mom made her regress to a teenager when she found her mom with a new boyfriend named Bob. Sam was more convinced than ever that her mom wanted her gone, and they got into a screaming match.

It's hard for two grown women to share a house after many years, especially for Carol after losing her husband recently. She needed her own space to heal and move on without worrying about her daughter.

We saw Sam's growth because instead of going into a liquor store, she called James for help. These two have such an easy chemistry.

Sam had a hard time resisting James after he came to her rescue, but he reminded her of that pesky rule of no dating until she's one year sober.

Sam: We could skip the relapse and go straight to sex.
James: That sounds great, but you’re kind of untouchable until you’re a year and a day sober.

That puts things in perspective.

While Sam needs to get sober for herself, she won't t want hat sobriety calendar to keep resetting itself because it will be farther away from a date with James.

Sam finally took ownership of her mistakes and became responsible.

When she returned to work, Mindy appreciated the initiative and offered extra shifts. Sam also received her first paycheck.

It’s your first sober paycheck. You should be proud.

Mindy

Sam looked so proud of herself when she sent the first installment payment to Brit. The power is shifting.

It will be interesting to see how dynamics change now that Sam has taken back control of her life.

While each episode only ran between 22 to 25 minutes because of commercials, it would have done better with a few extra minutes to breathe. It needed the full 30-minutes to capture some of the crucial moments.

However, there was an outstanding balance of self-discovery and snarky fun to make this another Freeform hit.

Black D' Elia delivered some of her best work, whether it was her drunken assault or realizing that she earned her first sober paycheck.

We can't wait to watch the rest of Sam's journey through recovery and learn more about her essential relationships.

Over to you, TV Fanatics. Will you be tuning in again to follow Samantha's journey to recovery?

Are you interested in learning more about her relationship with her mom or her potential romance with James? Chime in the comments below.

Remember, if you missed the episode, you can watch Single Drunk Female online right here via TV Fanatic.

Single Drunk Female airs at 10/9c on Thursdays on Freeform.



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Finally, we got the story of how Dembe ended up as an FBI agent. 

And, as explained on The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 9, it made perfect sense.

Only the reason behind Dembe's switching sides came back to haunt him when he least expected it.

Dembe moving to the right side only made sense as he has always seemed like a righteous man caught up in a dirty business.

He was loyal to Red, who could never be mistaken as righteous. Pragmatic, sure, someone who lives by his own code, yes, but righteous, not so much.

But this odd couple were boon companions until they weren't anymore.

That split came when Vandyke killed Liz on The Blacklist Season 8 Episode 22.

Raymond's world ended that night but not the way the dying crimelord had intended.

Although no one knew why Reddington disappeared that night, he explained to Dembe that he started walking and didn't stop until he met Mierce and Weecha in Cuba.

Doesn't it figure that someone so practical would find solace in someone so New Age-y as shaman Mierce? 

I think Marvin spoke for most of the viewers as he voiced his disbelief about Reddington's faith in a woman who evaluates his state of mind based on the condition of his bouquet.

What was never explained was how his organization didn't fall apart in his absence. At first, that was thanks to Marvin and Dembe, who were forced to step up in a big way.

Sure, Dembe learned a lot by osmosis through the decades. But he concentrated on security, so there was no way he was privy to the big picture until he had to be, largely thanks to Marvin.

Marvin was correct when he said that Dembe was Reddington's natural successor. Liz didn't know what she needed to handle the position, nor did she have any interest, even after wearing out her welcome in law enforcement.

But Red's a sentimental guy. That's why he takes every chance he can to hang out with Liz's daughter Agnes.

Now that he's back in his world, Raymond's hippy-dippy buzz had started to wear off. He needed someone to blame for Liz's death.

And so far, that someone has been Dembe, who had the gall to sign up with the FBI, despite what it ended up costing him, which included a good relationship with Isabella.

At least Harold was there to lend perspective to Dembe and explain why it was important for blacks to be inside law enforcement to bring justice for their people.

Cooper using his considerable influence, explained how Dembe could have passed the background check after years of serving as muscle for an international fugitive.

The reason Dembe couldn't stomach Red's job any longer was understandable after his hit team accidentally killed the young son of one of those vying to take Raymond's place in his absence.

Baptiste wanted revenge, pure and simple, no matter how much he cloaked it in a nationalistic rant about the big guy pillaging the little guys.

When three port managers got killed, it simply appeared to be another uprising against a distracted Red. He even farmed out the problem to the Task Force rather than handling it himself.

Raymond should have known better than to try and muscle Dembe off the Task Force. Dembe laid out the facts for Harold, who quickly moved on to the problem at hand.

In the end, it was all a trap. Baptiste intuited that Dembe would quickly connect the dots and come racing to Baltimore, where he would be captured.

He didn't seem to care that Dembe was now an FBI agent and that he would have the wrath of both Red and the FBI coming down upon him.

Yeah, Baptiste should have realized that a couple of thugs wouldn't protect him from the army up against him.

He was aware of Isabella, with a child for a child, his plan for revenge. Only Dembe offered up something unexpected: A way to bring down Reddington.

Aram's analysis of the data points from Vandyke's cell phone proved to Raymond that Dembe wasn't the person who led the killer to Liz.

That, in turn, caused him to have Marvin give Dembe the names he sought since Weecha and her team would ensure that those key people would never be put at risk. Weecha was so efficient that Baptiste wouldn't live to implicate Dembe in his son's murder.

At least Isabella understood more of what Dembe was trying to accomplish, and they could make up. It's just too bad that she and her daughter would have to move for her to feel safe.

Dembe also made up with Reddington as the two will share the mission of determining who set up Liz for Vandyke.

It was a satisfying ending with the two men reading to their granddaughters, a quiet moment at the end of a bloody day.

Now let's see if they can find their old chemistry and work together again for the common good.

To follow Red and Dembe's time together, watch The Blacklist online.

Were you satisfied with the story of Dembe's transition?

Does Raymond mean let bygones be bygones?

Might Marvin be the mole inside his organization?

Comment below.



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Wow! For the second time in as many weeks, SVU ended with pro-LGBTQ+ messaging.

Law & Order: SVU Season 23 Episode 12 was far more explicit about it, featuring a fighter who was married to his female best friend while dating a man.

It was a strong story with a ton of twists and turns, though it didn't leave viewers with much of a pre-hiatus cliffhanger.

Connecting Tommy to Rollins was brilliant.

Rollins grew up watching him fight in her neighborhood and was thrilled that he had gotten as far as he had. That not only allowed her to be a treasure trove of info about Tommy's past but raised the stakes considerably for her.

Velasco: You don't think he's actually good for this? I mean, he's Tommy's father.
Benson: Velasco, one thing you'll learn on this job is you never know what anyone's capable of.

She wanted to get to the bottom of it so that her one-time hero could get justice and someday fight again.

In some ways, she knew too much. Her awareness of Duke's reputation, for example, led her to question him when he had nothing to do with what happened to Tommy.

It wasn't a waste of time, though, because she got valuable information even if the case didn't go the way she'd expected.

Listen to me. Tommy's all I got left and I'm going to use these last breaths to show my son how damn proud I am of him.

Duke

Learning that Duke had cancer and little time to live ruled him out as a suspect, and he gave her the lead about the phone call Tommy had made.

Things got a bit convoluted after that. Tommy's financial problems led the team to discover that Chrissy was sleeping with Ricky on the side and using Tommy's money to pay him off.

That screamed guilt on Ricky's part, but it turned out he was involved in some sort of plot with Tommy's boyfriend.

Phil's involvement in the scheme made little sense, and I'm still not exactly sure what happened. He said he tried to apologize to Tommy for stealing from him while Ricky ambushed Tommy.

So, was Phil's apology sincere, or was he in on the plan to punish Tommy? And if it was the latter, why would he be in on a plan to hurt the man he claimed to love?

It seemed more likely that he panicked after Ricky hit Tommy and agreed to let Ricky hide the body, but it also seemed like his involvement was way more serious than that.

Tommy was trying to make it easier for people to come out. You made it harder.

Benson

This whole mess allowed Benson to give one of her best lines, but there had to have been another way to get there.

The confusing ending was a weakness in an otherwise compelling story, though. The twists and turns kept me guessing, and I was thrilled with the pro-gay messaging.

It felt like SVU set out to dismantle several stereotypes with this story, and for the most part, they succeeded.

I love when television features traditionally masculine people who happen to be gay or bi. It was brilliant back in the 1970s when All in the Family did it, and it was equally compelling now.

People often think that gay men are all effeminate, which is simply not true. There's room for all types of men on the gay spectrum, and there's o better way to demonstrate that than through television shows featuring men who defy stereotypes.

Bonus points to SVU for avoiding stereotypes about people from the South, too.

It's so easy to assume that all Southerners are rednecks who hate gay people, and even Rollins fell into that trap despite having grown up there.

Of course, in her case, it was more because she knew the people involved and assumed that because Duke had a reputation for being tough on his son and macho in general, he was anti-gay.

What a pleasant surprise when it turned out that Duke knew his son was gay and no longer cared. Sadly, he was dying, but at least he wanted to make amends.

And as Tommy said, none of this happened because he was gay -- it was just a lot of stupidity based on jealousy and greed. So that turned the too-often-used trope of someone beating up a gay man on its head.

The Tommy situation held some interesting parallels to what was going on with McGrath, too.

Like Duke, McGrath is a father with a bad temper who is currently butting heads with his daughter. He'd even had a run-in with local cops, which he managed to use his position to cover up.

A lesser person than Benson would have gloated about this and then used it against McGrath. In fact, Fin wanted her to engage in some blackmail for the good of the department.

But despite McGrath's general obnoxiousness, Benson wasn't interested in lording it over him. That was unsurprising since that's not who she is, but will her decision someday come back to bite her?

McGrath is one of those love-to-hate characters, but this storyline humanized him. He's a man with an anger problem, and Benson made an attempt to get through to him.

It felt like a rerun of conversations she's had with Stabler, but it also was the beginning of the ice between her and McGrath thawing.

Benson just needs to be careful. Her tendency to want to save everyone could get her in trouble with an unsaveable McGrath if she's not careful,

Your turn, SVU fanatics. Hit the big, blue SHOW COMMENTS button and let us know what you thought of the final episode before the Olympics hiatus.

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Law & Order: SVU airs on NBC on Thursdays at 9 PM EST/PST. The next new episode will air on February 24, 2022.



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Instagram is taking new steps to make “potentially harmful” content less visible in its app. The company says that the algorithm powering the way posts are ordered in users’ feeds and in Stories will now de-prioritize content that “may contain bullying, hate speech or may incite violence.”

While Instagram’s rules already prohibit much of this type of content, the change could affect borderline posts, or content that hasn’t yet reached the app’s moderators. “To understand if something may break our rules, we'll look at things like if a caption is similar to a caption that previously broke our rules,” the company explains in an update.

Up until now, Instagram has tried to hide potentially objectionable content from public-facing parts of the app, like Explore, but hasn’t changed how it appears to users who follow the accounts posting this type of content. The latest change means that posts deemed “similar” to those that have been previously removed will be much less visible even to followers. A spokesperson for Meta confirmed that “potentially harmful” posts could still be eventually removed if the post breaks its community guidelines.

The update follows a similar change in 2020, when Instagram began down-ranking accounts that shared misinformation that was debunked by fact checkers. Unlike that change, however, Instagram says that the latest policy will only affect individual posts and “not accounts overall.”

Additionally, Instagram says it will now factor in each individual user’s reporting history into how it orders their feeds. “If our systems predict you’re likely to report a post based on your history of reporting content, we will show the post lower in your Feed,” Instagram says.



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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

The Shenmue anime series is almost here, over a year after it was announced at the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo. It will premiere on February 5th 9:30PM PST/February 6th 12:30AM EST, with Crunchyroll offering its subscribers the Japanese subbed version outside of Japan and China. Meanwhile, the English dubbed version will air via Adult Swim's Toonami anime block. Shenmue tells the story of Ryo Hazuki, who journeys from Yokosuka, Japan to Hong Kong to find his father's killer. 

The first Shenmue game was developed and released by Sega for the Dreamcast in 1999, and the second one was launched for the same console a couple of years later. Its third installment came way later in 2019. Series creator Yu Suzuki debuted the project at Sony's E3 press conference in 2015 and relied on fans' support via crowdfunding to make it happen. Shenmue III easily reached its $2 million goal and ended up raising over $6 million on Kickstarter.

Shenmue the Animation was directed by Chikara Sakurai (One Punch Man Season 2) and will be 13 episodes in all. Kensuke Ishikawa (Tower of God) served Chief Animation Director, while Kento Shimoyama (BLEACH) wrote its script. Masaya Matsukaze and Austin Tindle voice Ryo Hazuki in Japanese and English, respectively. Lan Di, a leader of the Chinese cartel Chi You Men, is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese) and Scott Gibbs (English).



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Paris-based Wandercraft has announced that it's latest "Atalante" exoskeleton has been updated to give paraplegic and other patients a more natural gait during rehabilitation exercises. It also received a Medical Device Regulation (MDR) certificate in Europe, allowing patients and medical staff to use the device more widely. Finally, it's taken a step closer to personal exoskeletons with additional funding.

The last time I saw Wandercraft's first-generation exoskeleton was over four years ago, which is ages in the field of robotics. However, I recently got a chance to see the latest model in use with paraplegic patients, and chat with them and the team behind Atalante. 

Wandercraft Atalante exoskeleton
Steve Dent/Engadget

Exoskeletons (or exos, as they're called in the industry) are powered "wearable robots" adapted to each user, designed to aid in walking rehabilitation treatments and restore a patient's mobility. Atalante is Wandercraft's second-generation exo with a more advanced design and features than the original model. It comes with a remote to operate it and a new app that lets a physiotherapist and patient fine tune movements and exercise programs. It uses two sets of removable batteries that allow for continuous use.

The new model is much smaller, more streamlined and more comfortable for patients, thanks to new hardware, tweaks in the fit and more intelligent software. It's now self balancing, so it's easier to control for both patients and physiotherapists. Although it's not yet approved to be used alone, Wandercraft showed me a video demonstrating that it can self balance, even when shoved off kilter. It also offers features that make it easier to get in and out, along with the "Wander Balance" feature that allows for easy "verticalization" to help the patient stand up.

The device automatically generates optimized and adjustable kinematics according to a each patient's morphology, with the settings allowing for custom exercises. The latest feature is "RealGait" (shown above) which allows for physiological walking with adjustable speeds. "CustomGait" allows the pace, step length and mass center to be changed, while "ActiveGait" lets the user change the assistance effort from 0 to 100 percent. That feature also includes an "EarlyGait" setting for first steps, along with the new RealGait setting. 

Those features, plus smaller changes make Atalante far more useful. "We've improved half turns so they happen on a spot rather than taking up a lot of space," Wandercraft CEO Matthieu Masselin told me. "We've redesigned things like the attachments and padding. That allows the patient to get in an out more quickly, move more comfortably and get more walking done in each session — which means more rehabilitation and re-education benefits."

All of that is enabled by numerous sensors and software that can make adjustments on the fly, Wandercraft told me. The device's "sense of balance" makes the various gait patterns possible, while also giving the patient and physiotherapist confidence that the device (which is still not light at 130 pounds) won't tip over. 

Wandercraft Atalante exoskeleton
Steve Dent/Engadget

Wandercraft allows some patients to use Atalante for rehabilitation purposes and I saw it in action with Arbiha, a paraplegic patient who has used it for multiple sessions. The device was suspended from the ceiling and operated by a physiotherapist for safety reasons, but the plan is to one day have a version that can be used in the real world without assistance. 

It was striking how easily she was able to walk during a relatively long one hour session. The exo therapy offers some clear benefits like stimulation of the cardiovascular/lymphatic systems and training for the arms and other supporting muscles, but it goes well beyond that. 

Wandercraft Atalante exoskeleton
Steve Dent/Engadget

"It boosts both my body and my spirits," Arbhia told me. "It gives me a cardiovascular workout that I couldn't get otherwise. Being upright for a fairly long period of time helps my balance, too, as you lose that aspect when you don't stand up. I have a digestive malady and the walking therapy has also helped stabilize that, which is something I didn't expect at all."

Wandercraft's eventual goal is a personal exoskeleton that can be used as an assistance device at home or in the streets. To that end, the company just received $45 million in financing to help it fulfill that "mobility for all" mission. "With the team we have, the financing we've received and the technology developed, we're confident that we can one day have our exos on the streets and in people's homes," said Masselin. "But we still have a lot of work to do." 



source https://www.engadget.com/wandercrafts-latest-exoskeleton-has-a-more-natural-gait-060009831.html?src=rss

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