The FDA recently approved the first exoskeleton for the disabled -- the ReWalk Exoskeleton. From Argo Medical Technologies, this invention's approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration was announced on June 26th.
Based on the work of Dr. Amit Goffer, himself a quadriplegic, the ReWalk Exoskeleton uses a computer control system backpack and a fitted brace to simulate walking legs. This is ideal for people with injured spinal cords or who are paralyzed from the waist down. Joint movement is created by battery-powered motors while a wrist-worn remote control lets the user command the suit's motions. In addition to crutches for safety, the suit also has tilt sensors to feel when the body is moving forward to take steps.
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