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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Robot Suits for Paralyzed People

Argo Medical Technologies Ltd, founded in 2001 and located in Haifa, Israel, develops and markets walk restoration devices for people with lower limb disabilities. The company's flagship ReWalk™ product offers an ambulation alternative to wheelchair users, enabling paralyzed people to stand, walk and even climb stairs. ReWalk is a viable upright walking assistance tool that enables wheelchair users with lower-limb disabilities to stand, walk, and even climb stairs. Now undergoing clinical trials, the device is expected to be available to the public next year. Now undergoing clinical trials, the device is expected to be available to the public later this year.

A similar exoskeleton system which is called Robot Suit HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) has been developed of Japanese Cyberdyne and a research team led by University of Tsukuba Professor Sankai Yoshiyuki. Sankai is the CEO of Cyberdyne Inc., and plans to begin making this robot suit available for rental through sales outlets.

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