The Personal 6.0 Exoskeleton from ReWalk Robotics is the company’s sixth generation product that is designed for people who suffer spinal cord injuries.
This FDA-approved exoskeleton offers the fastest walking speed (up to 1.6 MPH) and the most precise fit of any ReWalk exoskeleton to date. The ReWalk Personal 6.0 Exoskeletons are now available for purchase, with anticipated delivery of the first units coming in the summer of 2015.
The battery-powered system features a light, wearable exoskeleton with motors at the hip and knee joints. The ReWalker controls movement using subtle changes in his/her center of gravity. A forward tilt of the upper body is sensed by the system, which initiates the first step. Repeated body shifting generates a sequence of steps that mimics a functional natural gait of the legs.
“Our design efforts are built on many years of user experience with a philosophy of offering an outstanding product for use in all aspects of everyday life,” says ReWalk Robotics CEO Larry Jasinski. “The enhanced design of the 6.0 offers highly customized fittings, and software to better match the size and anatomy of each individual user, providing a better walking experience than any prior design and over any other known products in clinical trials around the world.”
The Personal 6.0 Exoskeleton is fitted to the user’s measurements and custom ordered for each individual. This precise fit enhances system function, safety and alignment of the user’s joints. It also doesn’t have a backpack, like previous versions, to eliminate weight from the shoulders and give users freedom for clothing choice and movement. The sleek redesign of the strapping and padding provides the users with an easier and faster capacity to put the system on and take it off.
“Our experience and feedback from daily use of the ReWalk systems in the community, combined with technical advances achieved by our R&D organization have enabled this next generation prosthetic exoskeleton,” says Jodi Gricci, VP of Global Marketing and Training at ReWalk. “Our user evaluations with the 6.0 demonstrated the value of better fit, improved gait control and more comfort with the removal of the backpack in this streamlined design.”
ReWalk is only exoskeleton manufacturer in the United States with FDA clearances for both its Personal and Rehabilitation systems. ReWalk has also received regulatory clearances for their systems in several global geographies including: North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.