Damien: This news isn't life extension, but it surely is quality-of-life enhancement:
<February 15, 2012 12:00 ET
Ekso Bionics Delivers First "Ekso" Exoskeleton
Investigational Studies Completed: All Paraplegic Patients Walked During
BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 15, 2012) - Ekso Bionics today announced
that the first commercial unit of its Ekso exoskeleton was delivered
yesterday, on February 14, to Craig Hospital in Denver. Ekso is a
wearable robot that powers paraplegics up, enabling them to stand and
walk. In addition -- working together with top rehabilitation centers in
the U.S. -- Ekso Bionics just completed a ten-month Investigational
Study of Ekso that entailed reciprocal information sharing and learning,
training, as well as the definition of clinical protocols. Delivery of
Eksos -- beginning with Ekso Bionics' Charter Rehabilitation Centers --
will take place over the course of the next three months.
Ekso is a ready-to-wear, battery-powered exoskeleton designed for
patients with spinal cord injuries and pathologies that inhibit their
ability to walk. It is strapped over the user's clothing. The patient
doesn't bear the weight, however, as the device transfers its 45 lb.
load directly to the ground. Each Ekso can be adjusted in a few minutes
to fit most people weighing 220 pounds or less, and between 5'2" and
6'2", with at least partial upper body strength, and can be adjusted to
fit one patient and then another in minutes.>
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