Architect Robert Woo, who became paraplegic following a workplace injury in 2007, has become the first person in the United States to be certified to purchase the new ReWalk Personal 6.0 System to use at home. The battery-powered, robotic exoskeleton manufactured by ReWalk Robotics, Inc., enables Mr. Woo to stand up and walk with forearm crutches. The 6.0 system relocates the computer and battery from a backpack to the back pelvic area for greater comfort, and has a redesigned frame that improves knee alignment. Read more
A wearable, battery-powered robot called the Ekso™, or exoskeleton, is helping paralyzed patients walk again at The Mount Sinai Hospital’s new Rehabilitation Bionics Program, the only program in New York State that uses this device.
The Ekso, manufactured by Ekso Bionics, based in Richmond, California, is strapped over the patients’ clothing, and enables them to stand and walk with the help of a microprocessor that controls movement and a battery that provides power.
“Patients find it extremely gratifying to stand up and ambulate,” says Kristjan T. Ragnarsson, MD. “With this device, the power comes from a rechargeable battery that is carried in a backpack, and it allows patients to walk in a more natural way.” He says patients report that it is much less strenuous to walk with the device than with traditional leg braces.