Guest Blogger Asons Solicitors
In a new and exciting breakthrough in modern medical technology, science engineers have developed a lightweight, wearable robotic suit that may help paralyzed people regain the use of their legs.
Exhibited for the first time in Chicago, this device known as “Indego” is one of several products of its kind being trialed in U.S rehabilitation centers and hospitals. It aims to bring hope to people not only with spinal injuries, but those who have suffered from cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.
According to the Indego website, this exoskeleton is the lightest of its kind, reported to weigh as little as 27 pounds, and compact enough to fit into a backpack. The creators of the exoskeleton aim for users to be able to carry the device around in a bag, attached to their wheelchair, with the ability to strap it on and walk independently whenever they feel. As of yet however, federal regulators have not approved it for personal use, so they must be attended by physical therapist at all times. Indego is currently aiming for a commercial release in 2014.
The device functions by using bodily movements to instruct it when to move and in which direction. When the user wants to go they simply lean forward and the device makes it first steps, then when you tilt from side to side, it continues to walk; then finally, when the user wants to stop they just simply lean back and it pauses. Indego is powered by batteries that are attached in the hip piece and the only real assistance needed are crutches in order to keep balance.
Although the device is not considered to be a wheelchair replacement, it does come with added benefits such as the reduction of pressure sores, improvements in circulation and aiding overall wellbeing of the heart. It may also help people to overcome depression by allowing them to experience walking giving them a greater sense of independence.
At this point it is alleged that many other companies in the U.S are creating products that are more lightweight and efficient than Indego, but it is yet to be discovered how much they will cost on the market when they are released for personal use. Some media reports have penned these devices as potentially costing between $50,000 to $75,000, but the makers of Indego have expressed that they wish to bring their cost below these estimates so it is accessible to more people. Although this is a fantastic breakthrough, it still carries a significant cost that many people suffering worldwide would never be able to afford.
For an Indego brochure, CLICK HERE.
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