This is the first of several posts on companies and technologies featured at the AdvaMed 2012 conference held earlier this week in Boston, MA. At the conference, it was announced that Israeli-founded exoskeleton technology leader, ARGO, has selected Massachusetts as its U.S. headquarters.
ARGO Medical Technologies’ Rewalk exoskeleton, which we have covered recently, enables persons with lower limb disabilities, such as paraplegia, to stand and walk independently without assistance.
According to the ARGO press release:
At the press conference, U.S. Army Veteran Theresa Hannigan demonstrated the ReWalk exoskeleton technology. Hannigan is a former Army Sergeant, who served during the Vietnam era and was left paralyzed two years ago as a result of a progressive autoimmune disease that she contracted while in the Army. Hannigan has been training with the ReWalk at the National Center of Excellence for the Medical Consequences of Spinal Cord Injury at the James J. Peters V.A. Medical Center in Bronx, New York, and is planning to use the exoskeleton on October 20, 2012 to walk a one-mile road race in Lindenhurst, New York, to raise money for the organization “Hope for the Warriors,” which helps U.S. service men and women.”
Here is a video of Ms. Hannigan utilizing the Rewalk exoskeleton – it was truly a remarkable sight and one of the highlights of the conference:
Stay tuned for more features on companies and products featured at AdvaMed 2012…
Product Page: Rewalk…