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Mindwalker Robotic Exoskeleton Device Helps Spinal Injury Patients
A new robotic exoskeleton device that has been introduced by a Belgian company works on commands delivered by the wearer’s mind. If the person thinks about walking, the system will work to deliver electrical signals that help the person walk.
Spinal cord injury lawyers are not exactly unfamiliar with exoskeleton devices. A number of models of these devices are already available in the market, and the military has been an especially enthusiastic buyer of these devices to help veterans injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. For example the Human Universal Load Carrier helps veterans who have full use of their limbs walk properly, while the Ekso System helps people walk by identifying any shifts in their weight.
However, the MindWalker device is a little different from the others. The device consists of a frame, which is fitted onto a person’s legs and torso. When the person thinks of movement, a computerized sensor will translate that command into an electrical signal, and help the person walk.
However, even with the use of the exoskeleton device, a person with a spinal cord injury who wants to use the device will still have to use crutches.
Robotic exoskeletons are the next new wave of technology catering to the requirements of spinal cord injury patients, who want to move around, even if the movement is limited or ungainly. It’s also a different approach from other therapies and treatments that are focused on treating the site of the injury. Exoskeleton devices do not focus on treating the site of the spinal cord injury, but focus on encouraging movement and mobility using robotic technology.
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