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 Israel, the ReWalk is marketed by Argo Medical Technologies.[4] The device underwent clinical trials at MossRehab in suburban Philadelphia.[5]

Versions[edit]

The original ReWalk is available in two versions – the ReWalk I and the ReWalk P. The ReWalk I is intended for use by medical institutions for research or therapy, and is used under the supervision of a healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist. The ReWalk P is a personal unit, intended 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] but FDA approval for home and public use remains pending.[6] The ReWalk system is priced at approximately US$85,000 per unit.[6]

An updated version of the system, dubbed ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0, was unveiled in January 2013. The ReWalk 2.0 features improved sizing, allowing taller individuals to wear it more comfortably, and enhanced controlling software.[7]

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.[8] Later in 2012, Lomas became the first person to take the ReWalk suit home to assist her in everyday tasks.[9]

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".[10][11]

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. ^ a b "ReWalk Robotic Exoskeletons Let Paraplegics Walk Again". Technabob.com. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  7. ^ "ARGO launches ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 system". News-Medical.net. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Paralysed Claire Lomas finishes London Marathon 16 days after it began". The Guardian. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  9. ^ "'Bionic woman' Claire Lomas is first woman to take robotic suit home". The Independent. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Screen grabs: ReWalk helps Glee's Artie Abrams put his best foot forward". Engadget. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Last Night on 'Glee': Can the ReWalk Cure Paralysis?". Newsweek. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

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