Robotics Help The Paralyzed Stand And Regain Mobility
Some of the best work being done in robots to help disabled people is from Dr. Amit Goffer of the Technion University in Israel.
ReWalk is a robotic battery-powered exoskeleton with motorized legs and hips that enable paraplegics to walk, turn, and even climb and descend stairs again — and is FDA cleared as of 2014.
And UPnRIDE is a wheeled auto-balancing robotic device that enables quadriplegics to stand and be mobile.
The inventor, Dr. Goffer, is himself paralyzed from the waist down due to an accident 20-years ago.
This has inspired him to create these absolutely amazing robotic devices to assist all disabled people who are wheelchair bound.
Approximately 1% of the people are wheelchair bound that’s 70 million!
And surely, many more especially in the developing world need wheelchairs and don’t have them.
So these amazing robotic devices have the incredible capacity to help so many people stand and regain their mobility and dignity again.
These are nothing short of miraculous and a new beginning for so many people suffering from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, palsy, strokes and more.
Being able to stand again is not only psychology healthy and helpful for mobility, but it may aid in preventing secondary conditions that wheelchair-bound people can suffer, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, loss of lean mass and difficulty with bowel and urinary functions.
ReWalk has also received approval for coverage from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for those qualifying and with spinal cord injuries.
Hopefully, this is just the beginning for helping people around the world. Mobility is life! ;-)
(Source Photo: here with attribution to The Times of Israel)