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Published on Apr 12, 2012
Robotic Exoskeleton Technology Helps the Paralyzed Walk!
Ekso Bionics' Ekso exoskeleton is available for therapy and maintenance use at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. Good Shepherd was the third rehab facility in the country to receive an Ekso!
Imagine a robotic technology that allows a person with lower extremity weakness or paralysis to stand up and walk. That technology is a reality in the form of a ready-to-wear exoskeleton called Ekso.
Ekso allows a person with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness (spinal cord injury or MS) to stand and walk through a series of sensors that work with a gesture-based interface that detects the user's intentions. The battery-powered, on-board computer then commands motors at the hip and knee joints to move the legs through a smooth, natural gait. Patients must use crutches or a parallel bar for balance.