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ReWalk Medical Powered Exoskeleton

The ReWalk powered exoskeleton, created by Argo Medical Technologies, is compact enough to be worn underneath clothing.

Described by Argomedtec as a "light, wearable brace support suit," the ReWalk uses DC motors at the joints, rechargeable batteries, an array of sensors and a computer-based control system to help paraplegics walk again.


(ReWalk exoskeleton support brace)

The ReWalk device is not a complete solution; the user will also need to use crutches or railings for balance. However, ReWalk will help integrate paraplegics or others with non-functional lower limbs back into the workforce without wheelchairs.

ReWalk is explicitly differentiated from robotic powered exoskeletons like the Sarcos Exoskeleton shown in this video. According to Argomedtec, the ReWalk device uses an innovative design that "uniquely matches the user's capabilities with the control mechanisms."

The earliest reference I can find to the idea of a wearable suit that would help you stand up is the atomic-powered lifting suit from The Brain Pirates a 1938 story by John W. Campbell.

"We have those new suits rigged with atomic-powered lifting gadgets, so that'll protect us from the weight, if what our instruments say about that world's true..."

"I'll go check up on those suits and make some adjustments. I hadn't thought they'd have to handle any double-gravity worlds."
(Read more about the atomic-powered lifting suits)

As far as I know, the ReWalk uses regular batteries, and is only going to be made available for use under one standard gravity...

From Argo Medical Technology via ReWalk Exoskeleton.

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