ReWalk Robotic Exoskeletons Let Paraplegics Walk Again
Might 3rd, 2012
Becoming confined to a wheelchair due to some sort spinal cord injury can severely limit the ability for men and women to get around and do factors on their personal. A company known as Argo Medical Technologies creates robotic exoskeletons called ReWalk that paraplegics can put on to enable them to walk at virtually the exact same speed as folks that have use of their legs. The catch with these devices is that they are $ 85,000 every single.
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in California received many of the ReWalk exoskeletons from a donor. The center is treating paraplegics using the ReWalk to allow the patients to walk about freely. Using the exoskeleton, a paraplegic woman was in a position to climb stairs, get out of the auto, and go to the restroom without any help at a pace related to that of your average particular person.
The downside to these exoskeletons at this point is that the FDA has only approved the exoskeleton to be used in a hospital setting. The developer of the ReWalk devices is hoping the FDA will approve the use of the systems in the home. One day, rather than becoming confined to a wheelchair, folks who cannot use their legs will be in a position to devices like the ReWalk as an alternative. The business who tends to make the exoskeletons also hopes to create a version for quadriplegics in future.
[by way of KLTA]