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    Exoskeleton for para

    http://gizmodo.com/5027546/video-exo...n-twenty-years

    still waiting on my exosuit. but i'm not worried it'll be here before "the cure" which seems to be coming along nicely.
    c5/6 complete

    wait, what?

    #2
    He's not a quad like the gizmodo blurb says. From the source site:

    ReWalk comprises a light wearable brace support suit which integrates DC motors at the joint, rechargeable batteries, an array of sensors and a computer-based control system. It fits the body snugly to detect upper body movements, which are used to initiate and maintain the walking process. Wearers also use crutches for stability and safety.

    ReWalk is undergoing clinical trials in Israel at the Rehabilitation Hospital at Chaim Sheba Medical Center - Tel Hashomer, with pilots planned for rehab centers in Holland and Italy. A US trial is scheduled to begin in November at the Moss Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, after which Argo will apply for FDA regulatory approval.


    Argo's demo video features team member Radi Kioff, a 40-year-old Druze Israeli citizen who was shot in the back while serving in the Israel Defense Forces during the first Lebanon War. Ironically, the man who devised the system that allows Kioff to walk cannot benefit from his own invention. A quadriplegic, Amit Goffer has only partial use of his hands, but not enough to operate the ReWalk.

    http://www.medgadget.com/archives/20...on_system.html


    Very cool technology nonetheless. We'll have to keep an eye on it.

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      #3
      OK, so the showed it everywhere, except one place, and I know everybody is thinking it: What about in bed?
      I guess the SO better pray that those batteries die quick, 'cause it will be one loooong night!
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      Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." -John 14

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        #4
        There is probably a future for those devices but in their actual state, talk about living a sloooow life. I could not do half of what I am doing in a day if I needed to use such a thing.
        Pharmacist, C4-5 injury but functional C6 (no triceps/flexors)

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          #5
          This has to be a viable option for a lot of us. We need any help available in any form. It might be slower going down hill, but sure faster going up hill.
          T6 complete

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            #6
            Originally posted by knowthill
            It might be slower going down hill, but sure faster going up hill.
            Or up stair. Seriously, this guy was getting around. The video didn't show him getting into or out of the vehicle. I'd like to see how that was accomplished. But I'd trade in chair for slow any day.

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              #7
              I'd trade too, in a heartbeat, like a Chevy.

              rk

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                #8
                I noticed this guy has very good dorsiflexion in his ankles. His feet don't drop at all. If that were me, my left foot would be dragging my toes on the ground. Is there some mechanism built in to prevent this?
                Injured May 19, 2006, C4 incomplete

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                  #9
                  aw thats sweet!

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                    #10
                    it seems pretty basic. wrist unit with 5 function modes. i'm guessing sit to stand, stand to sit, up stairs, down stairs, and walk. looks like it has trunk support. no idea on what the back unit does, maybe holds computing software and batteries. canes still needed for stability. i think it has an ankle orthotic for foot drop slow and short gait. if you check the older videos from rewalk the gait is even chunkier.

                    i agree it needs upgrades. better servos, pressure sensors, gyroscopic stabilizers, better batteries, gait software rewrite, weather/water proofing. maybe throw in an FES unit so you can eventually ditch the suit.

                    and its ugly, at least military versions are brutal terminator looking.
                    c5/6 complete

                    wait, what?

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                      #11
                      in and out of the vehicle probably wasn't pretty so the cut it out. i'd guess open door, position self for stand to sit, sit, hoist self in and adjust. i'd bet money he isn't using the suit for foot pedal driving.
                      c5/6 complete

                      wait, what?

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                        #12
                        Has any1 been over to the dominican republic for stemcell because I went over there back in march of this year I was told by Dr.Rader that I would have some feeling back within 3months but yet i don't feel anything..So if any1 has been over there please respond

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                          #13
                          Thanks, I´ll post the video here too. I am sure they left a lot of inconveniences out, like how he pushed the chair back to have room to stand for instance, or getting in and out of the car like others said. But it has more potential in my opinion than most of the things I have seen for us.

                          http://gizmodo.com/5027546/video-exo...n-twenty-years
                          T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by paramoto
                            I am sure they left a lot of inconveniences out, like how he pushed the chair back to have room to stand for instance, or getting in and out of the car like others said. But it has more potential in my opinion than most of the things I have seen for us.
                            Yeah I'm increasingly excited about this contraption as well. I think I'll forward this to my local PTs so they have it on their radar, so if it does become a reality they'll be ready to train on it.

                            I'd still like to see a transfer into a vehicle, and perhaps walking up a standard-height set of stairs.

                            Another question I have, why does it need to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration? It's neither food nor drug.

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                              #15
                              woops, wrong thread!!
                              T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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