Medical robots often are applied to support the medical team, but Ekso Bionics is developing a robot that will support the patients, some long past any medical hope. Ekso developed a robot “exoskeleton” for military purposes but quickly realized the potential applications for people who could use a little help with the first step – their first step out of their wheelchair.
At 10 leading rehab facilities from Honolulu to Atlanta, Ekso Bionics’ Iron Man-style exoskeletons have been quietly tested over the past year, to resounding success.
Simply put, the exoskeleton is a wearable robot that allows a wheelchair user to stand up and walk. It could be a game-changer not only for wounded warriors with spinal cord injuries, but for people with multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, lower extremity weakness or paralysis due to neurological disease or spinal injury.
Wheelchairs have been the go-to solution for more than 1,500 years – the 2002 census estimated 2.8 million U.S. citizens rely on them — but now Ekso Bionics is literally revolutionizing this space. Its ultimate goal: a robot that is as easy to wear as a pair of jeans, one that requires not only innovative engineering but biomechanics advancements and cyborg-type research.
Read more at Wearable Robots Help Paralyzed Warriors Walk Again By Allison Barrie on FoxNews.com.