ReWalk

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ReWalk
Manufacturer Argo Medical Technologies
Year of creation 2011 (FDA approval)
Type Powered exoskeleton
Purpose Medical
Website www.rewalk.com

ReWalk is a commercial bionic walking assistance system using powered leg attachments to enable paraplegics to stand upright, walk and climb stairs.[1][2] The system is powered by a backpack battery, and is controlled by a simple wrist-mounted remote which detects and enhances the user's movements.[3] Designed in Yokneam, Israel, the ReWalk is marketed by Argo Medical Technologies.[4] The device underwent clinical trials at MossRehab in suburban Philadelphia.[5]

Versions[edit]

ReWalk has two versions – the ReWalk I and the ReWalk P. The ReWalk I is used by medical institutions for research or therapy to be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional. The ReWalk P is for personal use by patients at home or in public. The ReWalk was approved for hospital use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011,[3]FDA approval for home and public use was issued in June, 2014.[6] The ReWalk system is priced at approximately US$85,000 per unit.[7]

An updated version, ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0, was released in January 2013. The ReWalk 2.0 featured improved sizing for taller individuals and enhanced controlling software.[8]

First exoskeleton-assisted marathon runner[edit]

On 8 May 2012, paralyzed British woman Claire Lomas used a ReWalk to become the first person ever to finish a marathon using a bionic assistance suit. Lomas, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2007 riding accident, completed the London Marathon in 17 days with her ReWalk system.[9] Later in 2012, Lomas became the first person to take the ReWalk suit home for assistance with everyday tasks.[10]

In popular culture[edit]

In the American TV series Glee, a ReWalk is used by fictional character Artie Abrams during the Season 2 episode "A Very Glee Christmas".[11][12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Human Exoskeleton". Washington Post. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Paraplegic Support Suits". Trendhunter Magazine. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b "'Rewalk' bionic legs get FDA approval". News.com.au. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Out of Change: Obama has to borrow coins to toss in Jerusalem wishing well during tour stop". The Blaze. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Pa. Hospital 1st In US To Test Walking Device". Associated Press. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  6. ^ "FDA allows marketing of first wearable, motorized device that helps people with certain spinal cord injuries to walk". Technabob.com. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  7. ^ "ReWalk Robotic Exoskeletons Let Paraplegics Walk Again". Technabob.com. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  8. ^ "ARGO launches ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 system". News-Medical.net. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Paralyzed Claire Lomas finishes London Marathon 16 days after it began". The Guardian. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  10. ^ "'Bionic woman' Claire Lomas is first woman to take robotic suit home". The Independent. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Screen grabs: ReWalk helps Glee's Artie Abrams put his best foot forward". Engadget. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Last Night on 'Glee': Can the ReWalk Cure Paralysis?". Newsweek. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

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