FDA clears robotic legs that help paraplegics walk

The FDA has approved the first robotic exoskeleton designed to help people with spinal cord injuries walk again.

The ReWalk was developed by Argo Medical Technologies in Israel. It was previously only available to patients during rehab, but now can be sold to anyone for use in their day-to-day life.

The device consists of a fitted, metal brace that supports the legs and part of the upper body and motors that supply movement at the hips, knees and ankles. It weighs 46 pounds but users only feel the 6-pound battery, worn as a backpack.

To learn more about how the device works, watch this Newsy video. 

 

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