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    Exclamation T8 complete using the Exoskeleton

    Here is a video of a T8 complete walking pretty fast with the so called "Rewalk" Exoskeleton:

    Go to the page and click on ReWalk(there is the video).
    ...You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you...

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    Senior Member Schmeky's Avatar
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    What they need to tell us:

    1) How to get it on and off by yourself
    2) How much it weighs
    3) How far it will go
    4) How long does it take to charge
    5) Going from sitting to standing unassisted
    6) Going from standing to sitting uassisted
    7) Getting in and out of a vehicle
    8) Driving a vehicle while wearing this device
    9) Noise levell when ambulating
    10) "Limp" mode when a malfunction occurs
    11) Will it interfere with cathing, leg bag usage, etc.

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    I agree Schmecky.

    I also would like to add:

    -Exactly how do you control the movement?

    -How the hell can you climb stairs with it? Not to talk about how you get back down...

    -How much will it cost? Over $200,000 or under. Maybe depends on color

    -Is the guy presented in the video a real T8 complete? Kind of difficult for me to believe and even if how can he start and stop the movement, not to forget turning?
    ...You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you...

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    more about rewalk exoskeleton
    An innovative alternative to wheelchairs designed in SolidWorks® 3D CAD software lets paralyzed people do what was previously considered impossible: stand, walk, and climb stairs. Designed by Israeli consultancy Taga for medical device company Argo Medical Technologies, Ltd., the ReWalk exoskeleton is a light, wearable brace support suit featuring DC motors at the joints, rechargeable batteries, an array of sensors, and a computer-based control system. Users wear a backpack device and braces on their legs, and select the activity they want from a remote control. A sensor on the chest determines the torso’s angle and guides the legs to move forward or backward to maintain balance.
    “There are a lot of challenges to design something that imitates a human walking, including universal fit for a broad range of user height and weight measurements, as well as a low profile that is both contemporary and user friendly,” said Assaf Barel, design engineer at Taga. “SolidWorks enabled us to be creative in addressing all of these challenges. The finished product is strong, compact, lightweight, and works like a human body.”
    Taga standardized on SolidWorks for all new product development, including a range of medical, consumer, and equipment products for customers like General Electric, Phillips, and Comverse. Taga used SolidWorks to design the ReWalk based on a rough prototype from its inventor, Dr. Amit Goffer. SolidWorks gave engineers the time and capability to discover innovative approaches to translating the original prototype into a working model.
    SolidWorks simplified design iterations and helped ensure accuracy as engineers constantly refined concepts to accommodate variables such as leg brace length, joint angle range, and the amount of pressure the joints can withstand. SolidWorks’ mass properties functionality enabled Taga engineers to see exact weight calculations as they designed the exoskeleton to be light enough to maneuver. COSMOSXpress™ allowed engineers to test the strength and durability of different load-bearing components to ensure the exoskeleton would hold up when users bend, stand up, and climb stairs.
    All of Taga’s subcontractors use SolidWorks software, which, along with eDrawings® e-mail-enabled design communication tool, makes collaboration easy and smooth. Having teams work on native file formats also reduces costly and time-consuming errors.
    The ReWalk exoskeleton is currently undergoing clinical trials. Taga expects it to be ready for general availability in 2009.

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