|Manufacturer||Argo Medical Technologies|
|Year of creation||2011 (FDA approval)|
ReWalk is a commercial bionic walking assistance system using powered leg attachments to enable paraplegics to stand upright, walk and climb stairs. 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. Designed in Yokneam, Israel, the ReWalk is marketed by Argo Medical Technologies. The device underwent clinical trials at MossRehab in suburban Philadelphia.
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,FDA approval for home and public use was issued in June, 2014. The ReWalk system is priced at approximately US$85,000 per unit.
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.
First exoskeleton-assisted marathon runner
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. Later in 2012, Lomas became the first person to take the ReWalk suit home for assistance with everyday tasks.
In popular culture
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