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The ReWalk. Ron Perranoski ITMG 100 10. Background. Robotic suit, built by Argo Medical Technologies, ltd with the purpose to allow paraplegics to walk again. How it Works. User is strapped into a harness and to two motorized leg braces.

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the rewalk

The ReWalk

Ron Perranoski

ITMG 100 10

background

Background

  • Robotic suit, built by Argo Medical Technologies, ltd with the purpose to allow paraplegics to walk again.
how it works
How it Works
  • User is strapped into a harness and to two motorized leg braces.
  • Connected to the harness and the leg braces is a computer, which is located inside a backpack
how it works continued
How it Works (Continued)
  • Attached to the users wrist is a remote control with five settings: standing from sitting, sitting from standing, walking (fixed pace), descending (stairs), and climbing (stairs.)
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How it Works (Continued)
  • The user holds two crutches to move their upper body. (Upper body mobility is required to use the ReWalk.)
  • Motion sensors placed in the chest and torso region detect the change in gravity, movement, and direction of the body.
how it works continued2

How it Works (Continued)

  • The computer takes the information picked up by the sensors and computes the motion that will be taking place, depending on which setting the user picks.
how it works continued3
How it Works (Continued)
  • The computer then sends the message and directs the legs in the way they need to function.
problems with wheelchairs
Problems with Wheelchairs
  • Wheelchair users suffer from an array of problems: urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular, and digestive system problems, as well as osteoporosis, pressure sores and other afflictions.
rewalk leads to healthy bodies
ReWalk Leads to Healthy Bodies
  • Even by just being guided through the motions with the ReWalk, it will lead to better overall health and fitness and will even amplify bone density.
rewalk cuts health care costs
ReWalk Cuts Health Care Costs
  • The ReWalk cuts costs of health care through complications caused by wheelchairs and equipment used to help mobilization, (bed lifts, standing devices, etc.)
  • These health care costs can save someone tens of thousands of dollars annually.
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Cons
  • With new technology comes flaws:- Daunting appearance

- Instability on unlevel surfaces

- Limited to people without control of only their lower bodies

what the future may hold
What the Future May Hold
  • The first cell phone was
  • created in 1973
  • Cell phones Today
  • ReWalk Today
  • ReWalk in 40 years?
price availability
Price/Availability
  • Argo Medical Technologies ltd believes that the ReWalk will be available for the public before the end of the year 2010.
  • The price is estimated to be around twenty thousand dollars, but when you subtract the price of annual health costs without it, it will balance out, if not, save the user money.
references
References
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  • "ReWalk Robotic Legs." TFOT. TheFutureOfThings, 16/Feb/2009. Web. 19 Apr 2010. <http://thefutureofthings.com/pod/6443/rewalk-robotic-legs.html>.
  • "VR Interfaces: ReWalk." Virtual Worldlets. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Apr 2010. <http://www.virtualworldlets.net/Shop/ProductsDisplay/VRInterface.php?ID=58>.
  • "Advanced motion sensors for industrial applications." DataWeek. Technews Publishing (Pty) Ltd, 2009. Web. 19 Apr 2010. <http://www.dataweek.co.za/news.aspx?pklNewsId=25513&pklCategoryID=36>.
  • "Locomotion." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, 2010. Web. 19 Apr 2010. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/locomotion>.
  • "Paraplegic." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, 2010. Web. 19 Apr 2010. <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/paraplegic>.