Claire Lomas becomes first paralysis patient to take home a robotic exoskeleton
We’ve been raving endlessly about the many developments in the exoskeleton space. However, with the dawn of new machinery and intelligent suits, we fail to hear a testimony of one who has carried these suits home and actually put them to use. But then there had to be a first and we have Claire Lomas, known for her 17-kilometer London Marathon feat, to be one who actually avails of the benefits of the ReWalk suit. This suit accepts commands by detecting the direction in which the users are concentrating their balance. Lomas’ feat at the marathon helped raise over $300,000 for research on spinal damage.
The ReWalk suit costs GBP 45,000 (approx. $63,433). We hope that there’s some effort on reducing the cost of these. It would be wonderful to see a gift of limbs that enable paralytics to walk, sprint, sit and stand.