ReWalk – Bionic Suit

The ReWalk is the very first commercially viable upright system which enables individuals with lower limb disabilities to stand, walk and even take stairs independently. By restoring vertical mobility ReWalk delivers benefits in overall health, social interaction, and achieving economical healthcare.

ReWalk is designed and developed by Argo Medical Technologies, a medical device company located in Haifa, Israel.  Weighing approximately 44 lbs, ReWalk exoskeleton is actually a wearable, motor-driven robotic device that’s worn outside the clothing. The bionic suit allows the user to walk by detecting shifts within their sense of balance, and then moves the users legs in a natural gait.

This assistive technology holds significant possible health benefits as a safe ambulatory powered orthosis for motor-complete thoracic-level spinal cord injury patients. By keeping users upright on a regular basis and exercising their paralyzed limbs, ReWalk reduces most of the health problems associated with long-term wheelchair use. Some issues alleviated are  things like, thinning of bones, pressure sores, problems with urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive systems. ReWalkers also describe improvements with their psychological well-being, merely by having the ability to communicate with people at eye level.

The newest generation of the ReWalk is the culmination of more than a decade of research and development. There are currently two models: the ReWalk Rehabilitation and the ReWalk Personal System.

ReWalk Rehab 2.0 has been approved by the FDA for use in a clinical settings and presently available at rehabilitation centers in the United States. Today, more than 22 facilities are treating patients utilizing the ReWalk, empowering individuals to walk freely.

ReWalk also comes in a personal version, currently available in Europe and awaiting authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for release here in the U.S. The ReWalk Personal System is designed  for day-to-day use in a range of environments.