Medical Robotics

Running with the Lokomats

Posted 25 Oct 2004 at 16:03 UTC by steve Share This

Roland Piquepaille writes, There are almost 250,000 paralyzed people in the US because of spinal cord injury. Most of them are using electric wheelchairs to move around. But now, Hocoma, a Swiss company, has designed a robotic device, named Lokomat, which can help paralyzed people to walk on treadmills, reports the Associated Press. After training, some of the patients, who rebuild confidence by using the Lokomat, have also regained muscle power and can walk over short distances. Today, the Lokomats are available at a price of about $250,000, which certainly explains why there are only 14 Lokomats in use in the U.S. But prices will certainly decrease in the future. For more on the Lokomats, see Roland Piquepaille's blog.

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