Ekso Robot: Smart Exoskeleton Robot
Ekso Robot, Ekso
Ekso Robot is a smart exoskeleton robot that is a powered hip-knee medical rehabilitation exoskeleton developed by Ekso Bionics. This is the first exoskeleton to be approved by the FDA for those recovering from a stroke. It is also approved for use with individuals with spinal cord injury. In 2016 there are a little under 200 Ekso GT™ units used all over the world. Protocols on best use practices and identifying individuals that stand to benefit the most from robotic rehabilitation are aggressively pursued by the company and its test sites.
Design features of the Ekso GT:
- Acuated powered hip-knee exoskeleton
- Variable Assist controls, the Esko GT can apply power from 0 to 100% as needed on a step by step basis.
- Adjustable on the fly assistance level and operation mode
- Encourages correct body posture
- Integrated tether attachment for stability with extreme mobility and/or balance impairment.
- Ability for the device to recalculated assistance based on gait data gathered after each step the rehabilitation participant takes.
- Compatible for use in a therapeutic environment by patients with mobility impairment due to spinal cord injury up to C7 complete.
- Has different integrated control modes:
- spotter activated
- user activated (button on crutches or walker)
- activated upon user completing weight shift
- body shift and initiation of forward leg movement
- body shift, initiation of forward leg movement and dynamic variable assist from 0 to 100% (the Ekso GT will provide only the necessary power to finish the step).
Specifications (Ekso Robot)
- Country: USA
- Company: Ekso Bionics