This exoskeleton has been approved for personal use
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Image: Argo Medical Technologies

ReWalk is a motorised exoskeleton suit that helps people who are paralysed from the waist down to stand up and walk again.

The exoskeleton was developed by Argo Medical Technologies in Israel, after its founder, Dr Amit Goffer, lost movement in his lower-body during a car accident.

The clever technology has motion sensors that strap around the legs, and motorised joints for the hips, knees and ankles. It’s powered by a computer that the user must carry at all times in a backpack. A wireless remote control that can be worn on the wrist helps users regulate all movements, and a set of crutches complements the device, offering patients stability when standing or walking.

“Innovative devices such as ReWalk go a long way towards helping individuals with spinal cord injuries gain some mobility,” said Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation, at the Food and Drug Administration’s Centre for Devices and Radiological Health in the US in a press release. “Along with physical therapy, training and assistance from a caregiver, these individuals may be able to use these devices to walk again in their homes and in their communities.”