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Articles Tagged: Exoskeleton

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

Published: November 18, 2014 | Category: News

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With BrainsWASHINGTON, D.C.—Experimental wheelchairs and exoskeletons controlled by thought alone offer surprising insights into the brain, neuroscientists reported on Monday.

New technologies offer a window into how the brain creates movement.

Best known for his experimental exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed man kick the opening ball for June’s World Cup in Brazil, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis presented the latest “brain-machine interface” findings from his team’s “Walk Again Project” at the Society for Neuroscience meeting. Continue Reading »

Paraplegic groom walks down aisle thanks to robotic exoskeleton

Published: October 20, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Matt Ficarra was paralyzed from the chest down in a freak boating accident in 2011, but he didn’t let that prevent him from walking down the aisle on Saturday night… literally. Continue Reading »

Kessler Foundation Expands Robotic Research in Spinal Cord Injury

Published: August 11, 2014 | Category: News

Kessler Foundation NewsWest Orange, NJ. August 11, 2014. Kessler Foundation has expanded its research in exoskeletal-assisted standing and walking with the addition of ReWalk, the robotic exoskeleton from ReWalk Robotics. The Foundation has been conducting exoskeletal research since October 2011, according to Gail Forrest, PT, PhD, assistant director of Human Performance & Engineering Research.

“The consequences of paralysis are well known,” said Dr. Forrest. “Without the ability to walk, individuals rapidly lose bone mass and muscle strength.  Continue Reading »

New Methods Show Promise for Rehabilitating Paralyzed Patients With Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 23, 2014 | Category: News

new-methods-show-promise-rehabilitating-paralyzed-patients-spinal-cord-injuryAn array of techniques – some available now and others on the horizon – aim to restore movement and other functions in patients with spinal cord injuries.

A paraplegic wearing an Iron Man-like exoskeleton took the first kick of the World Cup soccer tournament during the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a testament to recent advances in treating spinal cord injuries.

The robotic bodysuit took cues from the user’s brain activity to power his steps forward. It was developed by Brazilian doctor Miguel Nicolelis, who is on the faculty at Duke University, and more than 150 scientists from around the world. Continue Reading »

With Robotic Walking Suit, Paralyzed Person Will Give World Cup’s First Kick

Published: April 8, 2014 | Category: Featured News

Robot Suit Debuts At World CupThe World Cup’s opening ceremony may wind up being the most exciting event of the tournament.

A Brazilian person who is paralyzed will walk onto the pitch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this June wearing an exoskeleton walking suit to complete the ceremonial first kick. Built with light metals and powered by hydraulics, the walking machine could one day make wheelchairs a thing of the past — all thanks to science. Continue Reading »

Helping paralyzed soldiers take their first steps

Published: March 5, 2014 | Category: News

paralyzed soldiers take  first stepsThey put their lives on the line for the good of our country every day- American troops aren’t just patriotic heroes, they are survivors.

29 year-old Sgt. Dan Rose from Wisconsin is one of those survivors. He was deployed to southern Afghanistan and returned home with a spinal cord injury that left him unable to use his legs. Continue Reading »

Exoskeletons bring people with spinal cord injuries back to their feet

Published: February 19, 2014 | Category: News

Mitch Brogan walking with exoskeletonMitch Brogan has a message for doctors: Don’t tell people with spinal cord injuries they’ll never walk again.

The London, Ont., man, who had his spine severed eight years ago when he was hit by a drunk driver, stands upright and then takes a few steps forward.

What’s helping him move is a wearable robot called an exoskeleton. Brogan is tightly strapped into the device, and with a joystick, he controls where he wants to go. Continue Reading »

Rehab centers adopt motion-based treatments for spinal-cord patients

Published: October 28, 2013 | Category: News

A women uses an exoskeleton suit to help her walk again.Locomotor therapies re-create and repeat the pattern of walking to train the spinal cord in functions formerly controlled by the brain.

Locomotor therapies re-create and repeat the pattern of walking to train the spinal cord in functions formerly controlled from the brain. More than 600 patients have trained in the system, with a wide spectrum of benefits.

It’s a declaration and a question, the first words on the lips of the newly injured after a spinal-cord accident.

“I will walk again.”

“Will I walk again?” Continue Reading »

Robotic exoskeleton helps some patients walk again

Published: August 18, 2013 | Category: News

Heather Leighton Walking with New DeviceSALT LAKE CITY – Technology is helping a few people who are paralyzed walk again, and a young woman from Utah is among the first to use the new ReWalk Exoskeleton.

Heather Leighton broke her back while cliff diving at Echo Reservoir on August 14, 2011.

“I hit the water expecting it to kind of hurt, I felt like I got the wind knocked out of me,” she said.

Leighton wasn’t able to walk after the accident, until she began using a ReWalk Exoskeleton. Continue Reading »

Bronx VA doctor helps paraplegics walk with exoskeletons

Published: April 13, 2013 | Category: News

Ann SpungenAnn Spungen, the principal investigator of the VA’s exoskeletal-assisted walking study, is excited about the ReWalk, a device invented by an Israeli scientist that allows paraplegics to walk again. ‘In the 22 years that I have been working in this field, it’s the most exciting intervention to come along.’

A research doctor at the Bronx VA is turning paralyzed vets into Iron Man.

And she’s doing it one man — and woman — at a time, with a robotic exoskeleton called the “ReWalk.” Continue Reading »