Boston-based company ReWalk Robotics Ltd. is developing a “soft exoskeleton” to address mobility issues in people suffering from lower limb disability. The product, which allows ReWalk to reach a broader market that includes patients recovering from a stroke or those impaired by MS and Parkinson’s disease, can be used both as part of the rehabilitation process and for long-term support.
ReWalk C.E.O. Larry Jasinski said that the soft exoskeleton can be an attractive option as it facilitates mobility without forcing the user to have a bulky structure around, writes Tech Crunch.
The exoskeleton is made from a lightweight, non-restrictive, form-fitting fabric, which helps the user in mimicking the natural biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, notes Boston Business Journal.
The suit, featuring a belt with in-built motors and a computer, cables, knee braces and sensor-laden footplates, is being touted as a life-changing product in the U.S., which has about 3 million stroke patients and 400,000 MS patients that suffer from limited lower limb mobility.