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The ReWalk ™ System. Jessica Havas 11/20/2012. Problem Being Solved. The ReWalk™ is a bionic system which allows people suffering from paralysis in their lower extremity to stand, walk, or climb stairs. Paraplegia-

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the rewalk system

The ReWalk™ System

Jessica Havas

11/20/2012

problem being solved
Problem Being Solved
  • The ReWalk™ is a bionic system which allows people suffering from paralysis in their lower extremity to stand, walk, or climb stairs.
  • Paraplegia-
    • The loss of motor or sensory function in the legs and sometimes the trunk.
    • Most cases are caused from spinal cord injury
        • Approximately 11,000 spinal cord injuries each year in the US involve paraplegia
components
Components

6 Main Components:

  • Back pack- Contains a 28 volt lithium-ion battery, a back up battery, and an on board computer which contains a radio transmitter to communicate with the watch.
  • The watch-has buttons that allows the user to select whether they would like to sit, stand, ascend or descend stairs.
components cont
Components (Cont.)

3) Motor tilt sensor- Worn in a pelvic brace on the left side of the body. It propels the body forward by detecting shifts in balance and body weight.

4) Motor pods- Support body weight.

5) Foot plates- Places under the shoes. Help bear the weight of the user and the device itself.

6) Crutches- Give the user balance as they lean forward.

advantages
Advantages
  • Can give those who have been confined to a wheel chair a new sense of independence.
  • Provides a form of exercise that was not easily attainable from a wheel chair.
limitations
Limitations
  • Height and weight restrictions
      • The user can not be more than 100kg (220 pounds) and must be 63-75” tall.
  • Doctor approval is necessary before using the ReWalk™ , and then training is mandatory (can be around 6 months).
      • Must have functioning hands, arms, and shoulders
      • Be in good cardiovascular health
      • Have a healthy skeletal system
availability
Availability
  • ReWalk™ Rehabilitation is a model designed for the clinical rehabilitation
    • has been in use for several years in centers across Europe, Israel, and the United States.
  • There is also a personal model (ReWalk™ Personal)
      • Launched in 2012
      • Available throughout Europe. 
      • Awaiting FDA approval in US.
      • Cost around 85,000
      • Insurance coverage depends on the country.
references
References
  • "Paraplegia." Paraplegia. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. <http://www.spinal-injury.net/paraplegia.htm>.
  • "How Does the 'bionic' Marathon Suit Work?" BBC News. BBC, 05 Sept. 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18002728>.
  • "UCPN Offering Gait Training." ReWalk US RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. <http://rewalk.us/>.
  • "ReWalk – Personal." ReWalk. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. <http://rewalk.com/products/rewalk-personal/>.
  • "ReWalk Exoskeleton Going on Sale in January." ReWalk Exoskeleton Going on Sale in January. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2012. <http://medgadget.com/2010/12/rewalk_exoskeleton_going_on_sale_in_january.html>