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1.7. Exoskeleton Systems

1. ReWalk Robotics recently (June, 2014) announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company's ReWalk Personal System for use at home and in the community. ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion. ReWalk is now available throughout the United States. For more information, please visit the following links:

ReWalk™ Personal Exoskeleton System Cleared by FDA for Home Use

FDA News Release

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2. e-LEGS exoskeleton, originally developed by Berkeley Bionics, is now known, formally, as Ekso Bionics.   The device is now being offered at 12 rehabilitation centers within the US.  The system is adjustable and can fit most people who weigh less than 220 pounds and stand between 5'2" and 6'4". The device provides "unprecedented knee flexion," and it's also fairly quiet in operation; under ideal circumstances, speeds of up to 2MPH can be attained.  The system is being studied for use with patients with different levels of spinal cord injury, however it is being offered to persons with paraplegia. 

 

3. REX exoskeleton-produced in New Zeland, $150,000 approximate cost but not yet approved for individual sale in the US as yet.

With state-of-the-art, highly engineered systems some 29 on-board computer processors control movement and balance through joystick control allowing the Rex user to direct the device to sit, stand, walk and turn with consummate ease. These robotic legs can even walk up steps, up or down slopes. Rex has been designed with maximum comfort and stability.Rex does not require any additional supportive aids such as crutches. The device is self supporting allowing you to keep your arms and hands free to use.

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4.  Indego

  • Innovation for Parker.

  • Parker has formalized an agreement with Shepherd Center to support the commercialization of Parker's exoskeleton device Indego®, which is planned for release in 2015.

  • Indego® allows users to stand and walk, and holds great promise for affording people with paraplegia a new level of independence.

  • Indego® weighs just 27 pounds and snaps apart into three pieces for maximum convenience. The device is small enough to accommodate low profile wheelchairs.

Indego® provides a modular design that can be assembled and dis-assembled for ease of use and transportation. This device is small and light, with a slim profile and no bulky backpack components or footplates.

A proprietary control interface allows for smooth operation that works in harmony with natural human movement and body position

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