New technology allows paraplegics to stand up, walk

New technology created in Israel is allowing people who have never walked before, the ability to do so.
November 11, 2013 5:15:49 PM PST
New technology created in Israel is allowing people who have never walked before, the ability to do so.

The device is called the ReWalk exoskeleton. It uses sensors, motorized joints, a battery pack and braces to allow paraplegics to stand up and walk.

"I was born with a disability, and, which means, in a way that I've never walked before. I've never felt the feeling of how it is to really walk like 'normal' people do," said ReWalk exoskeleton user Inbal Pezaro.

The device was invented by an Israeli man who lost his ability to walk in a car accident 16 years ago. He says even though it uses robotic technology, his invention isn't robotic because the will of the user controls the device.

The ReWalk exoskeleton is only available in Israel and Europe. It costs more than $70,000.


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