I usually write about patient data security, healthIT, mobile health and other topics related to health and information technology. Normally when we talk about mobile we assume it to be laptops, smart phones, tablets and other technologies that let talk, text, chat, listen to music, access files, send emails, get directions and do a host of other things when we are on the go; basically allow us to get a lot of stuff done when we want and where we want it to be done…a home, while running, walking, traveling etc. But what if we have problem being mobile in the first place? What if going from one place to another on your own two feet is impossible? This is a reality for a lot of people who are confined to wheel chairs. What would it mean to someone confined to a wheelchair to be able to walk again?! If everything goes as planned, ReWalk™ the exoskeleton device from Argo Medical will be able to make the dream of walking a reality for all wheel chair bound individuals.
Here is what the company says about their technology on their website :
“Argo Medical Technologies Ltd. does far more than restore mobility to people with severe walking impairments. By enabling wheelchair users to stand, walk, and climb stairs, we restore upright mobility, quality of life, health, inclusion, and more. Argo brings mobility face-to-face with society. ReWalk™, the first commercially available upright walking technology, enables wheelchair users with lower-limb disabilities to stand, walk, and even climb stairs. For potentially hundreds of thousand of wheelchair users, ReWalk™ delivers a new perspective – on the world, on themselves, and on life.”
The device was approved by FDA regulators last month and the company hopes to receive US FDA approval soon. Check out this video to see ReWalk ™ in action.