ReWalk Robotics introduced the sixth iteration of their well-known robotic exoskeleton aimed at enabling people with spinal cord injuries to walk on their feet again. The new ReWalk 6.0 features revised bracing to better distribute loads over the human body thus making it much easier and more comfortable to wear. The suit features a much sleeker design allowing it to be less intrusive and better integrate with the user’s lifestyle.
ReWalk suits are perhaps the most widely adopted and approved exoskeletons worldwide for medical and – very notably – for personal use as well, allowing people to quickly get back into the community and not just be bound to using these suits during rehabilitation sessions and such.
The exoskeleton uses actuators in hip and knee joints to assist motions, and senses when the user wants to take a step by means of accelerometers that detect weight transfer in the upper body. A wrist controller allows the user to switch between functions such as sit, stand, walk as well as stair modes – the latter not being approved for the US market yet.
To enhance ergonomics ReWalk 6.0 suits are built to order and customized based on user’s measurements. Redesigned bracing and parts make up for a much more streamlined and less bulkier aspect that allows for better mobility. The backpack encasing control electronics used in previous versions has been dropped in favor of a more compact enclosure mounted around the waist area.
Improvements have been brought to the software as well, revised gait control allows for more natural movements and increased top walking speed up to 2,6km/h or 1.6mph, easier stopping, and stair climbing and descending mode has been also greatly refined.
The ReWalk 6.0 exoskeleton can be bought for approximately US $77,000 or about 71.000 Euro, head to the product page to find out more.