Forty-two-year-old Michael Gore of Whiteville, North Carolina, has been in a wheelchair, paralysed from the waist down after a workplace fall that wrecked his spinal cord. But when he’s strapped into Parker Hannifin’s Indego powered exoskeleton, Gore can stand, walk and even climb stairs.
The Indego fits tightly around the torso and extends down to the ankles. Powerful, battery-operated electric motors drive hip and knee joints. The user operates the system by leaning forward to stand up or walk and by leaning back to sit down.
The exoskeleton was designed by a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University. Parker recently acquired exclusive licensing rights for the system. The Indego team hopes to make the exoskeleton device commercially available in 2014.
Watch this informative introductory video of the Parker Indego exoskeleton…
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