UK’s Daily Mail is reporting that Argo Medical will soon be making available in the U.S. its ReWalk exoskeleton for people paralyzed in the legs. The device provides power and walking motion, but balance has to be maintained by using forearm crutches. The system was originally developed by Amit Goffer, an entrepreneur was was left paralyzed after a car accident in 1997.
From the Daily Mail:
The two stone 7lbs device, worn outside of clothing, consists of leg braces outfitted with motion sensors and motorised joints that respond to subtle changes in upper-body movement and shifts in balance.
After several years of clinical trials in Israel and the United States, units will go on sale in January to rehabilitation centres around the world.
A harness around the patient’s waist and shoulders keeps the suit in place, and a backpack holds the computer and rechargeable 3 1/2-hour battery.
When operated, it makes clanging robotic sounds, like the hero of the 1980s cult movie ‘Robocop.’
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Flashbacks: ReWalk Exoskeleton; Video of ReWalk Exoskeleton System
(hat tip: Gizmodo)