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Author: Adario Strange
FDA Approves First Robotic Exoskeleton for Paralyzed Users
ReWalk's computer runs Windows, and delivers control signals to the exoskeleton. ReWalk's approval marks a significant milestone in the early development of personal robotic assistive devices, as it is the first such device approved by the FDA. The price of owning a ReWalk isn't cheap - the device costs $69,500. Larry Jasinski, CEO of ReWalk, told Mashable that the company is "Working with insurers and other health-care coverage providers to ensure individuals eligible to use the ReWalk are able to purchase a system." Aside from price, a physical restriction also limits the use of the ReWalk to those between 5-foot-3 and 6-foot-3, along with a top weight limit of 220 pounds. These specifications will make ReWalk a non-starter for some, but its physical parameters are broad enough that may of those in need can use the device. Before being cleared to use ReWalk, wearers will first have to go through a series of approximately 15 training sessions to ensure that they are able to use it safely. Israeli scientist Dr. Amit Goffer developed ReWalk; he was inspired to come up with a new assistive device for walking after he was involved in an accident, and became a quadriplegic in 1997.

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