Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The ReWalk Allows the Paralyzed to Walk again.

What is a better gift this holiday than the power of mobility...? Although the wheelchair is an incredible device on its own right, it's also a disadvantage in a world designed for the biped majority. There have been other wearable exoskeletons such as the HULC or the REX, but the ReWalk doesn't rely on joysticks for controlling the movement. Instead the motorized joints are triggered by motion sensors of the wearer's movements.
The ReWalk weighs 15 kg (33 lbs.) and is designed to serve as a physical training device for those undergoing rehabilitation. By maintaining users upright on a daily basis it also helps alleviate many of the health-related problems associated with long-tern wheelchair use such as urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive problems.
For the past several years the ReWalk has been going through rigorous testing in Israel and the US. The future is looking bright for this tech, because Argo Medical Technologies is planning on selling it to rehabilitation centers internationally beginning January of 2011.... with a price tag of $100,000 a piece.

via gizmag

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