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    TV alert: ReWalk exoskeleton suit

    Tomorrow's Good Morning America will feature a segment on the ReWalk exoskeleton suit which enables paraplegics to walk and climb steps. And it can be all yours for the bargain price of about $35,000! which is only about 3,000 bake sales per person, so no complaining!!

    Or maybe someday it will be featured on Oprah! and she can give them away for free: "You're gonna get a ReWalk and you're gonna get a ReWalk and you're gonna get a ReWalk . . ."

    Until then let's keep on dishing about those riveting new Quickie caster swings because that's quality-of-life changing!

    In case you miss the GMA spot -- the video will undoubtedly be posted on their site -- you can see a lot more video of the ReWalk at the distributor's website.
    stephen@bike-on.com

    #2
    I've been watching this thing for some time. The intro price that was quoted earlier was $20k. Either way, I doubt my insurance's DME allowance would cover it!

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      #3
      it'll be interesting to see how insurance companies argue that ambulation isn't medically necessary...

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        #4
        Originally posted by Lazlo View Post
        I've been watching this thing for some time. The intro price that was quoted earlier was $20k. Either way, I doubt my insurance's DME allowance would cover it!
        My price info is hardly authoritative. Maybe the extra $15K gets you the jet pack, and worth every penny. Why stop at just walking?

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        From Argo's website:
        What will be the price of the ReWalk™?
        The price hasn’t been established yet. However, we’re targeting for an annual consumer (end-user) price comparable with typical average annual expenses of people confined to wheelchairs.
        Translation, anyone??
        Last edited by stephen212; 4 Feb 2010, 9:38 AM. Reason: Typo
        stephen@bike-on.com

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          #5
          Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
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          From Arog's website:
          What will be the price of the ReWalk™?
          The price hasn’t been established yet. However, we’re targeting for an annual consumer (end-user) price comparable with typical average annual expenses of people confined to wheelchairs.
          Translation, anyone??
          maybe between $29-57k?

          http://www.spinalcord.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=116979

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            #6
            I want one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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              #7
              I want 2 so i can smash one in a rage! git sum bread, git sum bread
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                #8
                Originally posted by Scott Pruett View Post
                it'll be interesting to see how insurance companies argue that ambulation isn't medically necessary...
                Their legal staff (in consultation with their medical director) has already constructed the refusal letter.

                Originally posted by stephen212 View Post
                Until then let's keep on dishing about those riveting new Quickie caster swings because that's quality-of-life changing!
                I'm still hoping that science will produce a caster that doesn't wrap hair around the axle. I know this may take many generations to achieve. But I hear rumors that TiLite may have a design out in five or ten years that allows easy caster removal and reassembly for hair removal. Go ahead, call me a dreamer.
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                  #9
                  I'm building my own!
                  Don't ask what clinical trials can do for you, ask what you can do for clinical trials.

                  Fenexy: Proyecto Volver a Caminar

                  http://www.fenexy.org (soon in english too)

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                    #10
                    I always thought that part of the cure will be technology based or some sort of nano therapy to bridge the gap of what the body cannot accomplish.

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                      #11
                      Looks more than just a little awkward to use, but considering that my chair cost over twenty grand maybe an exoskeleton wouldn't be out of range. Till then, I agree, it would be just lovely to get the accumulated cat hair out of my casters!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Foolish Old View Post
                        Their legal staff (in consultation with their medical director) has already constructed the refusal letter.


                        I'm still hoping that science will produce a caster that doesn't wrap hair around the axle. I know this may take many generations to achieve. But I hear rumors that TiLite may have a design out in five or ten years that allows easy caster removal and reassembly for hair removal. Go ahead, call me a dreamer.
                        try haystrings they really are a bitch i get caught in them try calling 911 explaning your trapped by a haystring

                        i use them to shut the outside doors

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                          #13
                          What are the pros and cons of using crutches with the ReWalk as opposed to using grandma's walker? I assume a walker afford greater stability, though it's slightly more encumbering, space-wise.

                          Discuss. . .
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                            #14
                            What I don't get is how people think a robot suit is going to improve the quality of life of someone.

                            Living in a wheelchair is easy (but not enjoyable of course), walking with crutches for example and trying to do daily activity (go food shopping, cook food, carry a dish, walk around town, do laundry, clean the house, pick something up off the ground) is not easy or efficient.

                            The whole goal I thought of walking is to improve your quality of life, not just for the sake of hey, I'm up and making the motions of walking so I'm happy. That happiness is short lived unless you are REALLY walking.

                            It literally took me (no lie) 6 hours to clean my room on crutches. In a wheelchar I can do it in an hour. I found it more efficient to crawl on the ground than it was trying to clean on crutches. If you drop something on the ground you have to kick it around with your crutches until you find a place where you can sit down to pick it up. Or worse you can try to pick it up and then fall on your face then have to drag yourself to the nearest couch to get back up.

                            Now it all depends on your level of recovery. If your body is fine from your waste up and the only issue is your legs then I can see crutches not being so bad but being a quad and having trunk control issues as well makes it a whole different ball game.

                            The pro of crutches/walker is that you can stand up to reach things but if you have the ability to stand up then its just as easy to use the counter to stand up. I'm just speaking from experience, I kept the wheelchair out of the house for 3 years thinking it would force my body to improve but finally gave in to using the wheelchair and now I can actually do so many things that I couldn't do before.

                            If though they could embed robotic devices in you so its connected to your brain to make the movements (like on irobot) then that would be totally bad ass. I guess you gota start somewhere
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                              #15
                              i emailedthem this am surprise got 1 back at this time just clinicals not approved yet fda

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