Radi Kaiuf, wounded and left paralysed during his military service, gets up while strapped to 'ReWalk', a device helping paralysed patients stand and walk
An Israeli entrepreneur has invented robotic 'trousers' that can help paraplegics walk again. Amit Goffer was paralysed in a car crash in 1997 and immediately set out to invent a device that could replace the wheelchair.
He has invented 'ReWalk': robotic trousers that use sensors and motors to allow paralysed patients to stand, walk and even climb stairs. The device can help paraplegics to stand and walk - using crutches for stability - when they lean forward and move their upper body in different ways. The two stone 7lbs device, worn outside of clothing, consists of leg braces outfitted with motion sensors and motorised joints that respond to subtle changes in upper-body movement and shifts in balance.
He founded a company, Argo Medical Technologies, to commercialise it. After several years of clinical trials in Israel and the United States, units will go on sale in January to rehabilitation centres around the world. A harness around the patient's waist and shoulders keeps the suit in place, and a backpack holds the computer and rechargeable 3 1/2-hour battery.
Israel and the United States, 'ReWalk' will go on sale in January to rehabilitation centres around the world