Paraplegics can now purchase their own robotic exoskeleton system after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Argo Medical Technologies ReWalk device for home use.
“For the first time individuals with paraplegia will be able to take home this exoskeleton technology, use it every day and maximize on the physiological and psychological benefits we have observed in clinical trials,” said Larry Jasinski, CEO of Argo Medical Technologies.
The ReWalk is a custom-fit exoskeleton suit that allows users to stand, turn and walk with independent control. Each system combines a wearable brace support, a computer control system mounted in backpack, motion sensors and motors on each knee and hip joint.
Dr. Amit Goffer, an Israeli inventor and quadriplegic developed the Rewalk system. He designed it for daily use in outdoor or indoor environments, as well as on different surfaces or terrains.
Exoskeletons may be cutting-edge technology, but they aren’t for everyone. The device sells for around $70,000 and it’s being marketed to paraplegics who have use of their hands and shoulders. The ReWalk system can only be sold to consumers who meet cardiovascular and bone density requirements and have passed a mandatory training program.