ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton to Go on Sale in 2011By Quick, Darren; Gizmag,
Publication Date: December 6, 2010
Article features a robotic exoskeleton that can replace a wheelchair for individuals with mobility impairments. Described as “robotic trousers,” the ReWalk is a wearable, motorized robotic device that is worn outside the clothing. The motorized legs, which are held in place by leg braces and a harness worn around the waist and shoulders, are powered by a rechargeable battery located in a backpack along with a computer. The ReWalk uses motion sensors to detect the subtle movements in the user’s center of gravity and upper body movements and translate them into movement of the motorized joints. For this reason, the wearer needs crutches to assist with balance when using ReWalk, making the exoskeleton usable only for those with movement in their hands and shoulders. However, Argo Medical Technologies, the company commercializing the device, is reportedly working on a version suitable for quadriplegics. After several years of clinical trials with ReWalk, Argo Medical plans to start selling the device to rehabilitation centers around the world from January 2011 at a cost of around 100,000 dollars. The article includes links to information about similar devices, the REX robotic exoskeleton developed in New Zealand and the eLEGS developed at the University of California at Berkeley.
Assistive Products Discussed: ELEGS
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