ekso bionic suit: wearable robot allows paraplegics to walk
ekso bionic suit: wearable robot allows paraplegics to walk
sep 01, 2013

ekso bionic suit: wearable robot allows paraplegics to walk

ekso bionic suit: wearable robot allows paraplegics to walk
all images © courtesy ekso



being paraplegic is a condition only those who are can understand the extent of. it extends way beyond the body and affects all aspects of a person’s life at all times. when you are trapped in your own body, you are often forced to rely on others for the tiniest of tasks – some less pleasant to ask as a favor than others. however, the hardest deprivation mentioned by paraplegics is the inability to stand up. as a response, ekso bionics, a pioneer in the field of robotic exoskeletons has developed ‘ekso’, a wearable robot – or exoskeleton – that powers people with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness to get them standing up and walking. it is a ready-to-wear, battery-powered, bionic device that is strapped over the user’s clothing. when equipped with the assistive device, walking can be achieved by a forward lateral weight shift to initiate a step. battery-powered motors drive the legs and replace neuro-muscular function.



ekso bionic suit: wearable robot allows paraplegics to walk



the first generation of ekso is intended for medically supervised use by individuals with complete or incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) or disease, and other forms of lower extremity paralysis or weakness due to multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, parksinson’s guillain barre or other neurological disease. with medical clearance, the suit can typically facilitate walking for individuals with up to C7 complete, or any level of incomplete spinal cord injury.



ekso bionic suit: wearable robot allows paraplegics to walk



the current ‘ekso’ device provides functional based rehabilitation, gait training, and upright, weight bearing exercise under the supervision of a medical professional in a clinic or rehabilitation facility. the ‘ekso’ suit is strapped over the user’s clothing so they can get up in a matter of minutes. virtually everyone medically cleared for use of ekso has walked in their first session with a therapist.



ekso bionic suit: wearable robot allows paraplegics to walk



the combination of motors and sensors, along with patient assist with balance and body positioning, allow the user to walk over ground with an efficient reciprocal gait pattern. an experienced user can transfer to/from their wheelchair and onto the ekso in less than 5 minutes. the torso and leg straps are designed for the user to easily get in and out of the device either on their own or with minimal assistance. it is designed for people with lower extremity weakness or paralysis due to neurological disease or injury – spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, guillain barré syndrome.



ekso bionic suit: wearable robot allows paraplegics to walk



while the commercial version of the  ekso’ has recently been made available to hospitals and rehabilitation centers, the company hopes to make the technology more accessible so that people can use it at home and in their everyday lives, with a personal version releasing in 2014.



ekso bionic suit: wearable robot allows paraplegics to walk
video courtesy ekso

  • I have been on the wheelchair for about one decade, but now there is hope I can walk again, I have seen Ekso Bionic on TV, this technology has impress me, it can help me to walk if find a way. if there is away I can get it, please let me know in order to visit you. thank Daniel Deng

    Daniel Y. Deng
  • my brother is now a paraplegic for about 8 years after a horrific accident. he was very athletic and now does not have use of his body below his neck – except that he has taught himself to answer his phone and feed himself.

    We live in South Africa and would like to have more information including price, availability etc- please advise

    Thank you

  • I have been a paraplegic since 2005. I had a wreck on my motorcycle when I was flipping over end 3 times it cought me & put my head back to my ass. t6 & t7 burst fracture shredded my spinal cord in two. I work on old hot rod’s & muscle cars, what it would mean to stand up and reach again would be priceless! if your company ever need a good test subject I’m your man. I’m 6′ 200 lbs very motivated, do most every thing on my owen. great sense of humor & live alone. I am an inventor myself thought maybe I might a good lab rat for your company. 765-667-1656 Danny

    danny helton
  • bonjour , et merci pour cette video qui et fantastique , mais malhereusement , votre exosquelette n est pas disponible en rance , et c est bien dommage, esque vous allez le commercialiser , je vous remercie , daniel

  • Wonderful. It would be nice if the write-up had mentioned the U of Calif basic research (referred to in the video) that made this possible. Also, as an engineer, I’m interested in a more involved discussion of how it works — It appears to respond to weight-shifting, rather than involve any neurological brain sensors or such. Anyway, really exciting.

  • KUDOS >>>> KUDOS >>>> KUDOS to all involved
    this brought tears of joy to my eyes

    I send all of you pause from the quiet beauty of this Vermont mountain hollow


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