ReWalk May Replace Wheelchairs

taga.gifArgo Medical Technologies, a Technion incubator company founded in 2006, has designed an innovative alternative to wheelchairs that may restore walking ability. According to the company’s press release, the reWalk exoskeleton is a “light, wearable brace support suit featuring DC motors at the joints, rechargeable batteries, an array of sensors, and a computer-based control system. Users wear a backpack device and braces on their legs, and select the activity they want from a remote control. A sensor on the chest determines the torso’s angle and guides the legs to move forward or backward to maintain balance.”

Currently undergoing clinical trials using a prototype developed by Israeli design firm Taga using Solidwork’s 3D CAD software, the device is expected to be generally available around 2009.

Taga design engineer Assaf Barel says there are “a lot of challenges to design something that imitates a human walking, including universal fit for a broad range of user height and weight measurements, as well as a low profile that is both contemporary and user friendly”…”SolidWorks enabled us to be creative in addressing all of these challenges. The finished product is strong, compact, lightweight, and works like a human body.”

Rainer Gawlick, SolidWorks’ VP: “The ReWalk is truly a product that will have a significant impact on people’s lives”…”Making ambulatory mobility a reality for those with lower limb disabilities is a huge medical advance, and one that we at SolidWorks are proud to be a part of.”

For more check out the full press release. And see a video of the reWalk in action here.

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2 Responses

  1. How would I get a hold of Argo Medical Technologies (ReWalk)?

  2. You say they have worked to make it a universal fit for a broad range of weight measurements, but my only real question about the ReWalk is will my legs hold up under the weight of the rest of my body when standing in a ReWalk? I have spina bifida and my legs are quite small, thin and bony while my upper body never stopped growing, on into adulthood. I am a little worried.

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