Robotic leg brace to help paralysed people
Monday, September 04, 2017
Toyota is introducing a wearable robotic leg brace designed to help partially paralysed people walk.
The Welwalk WW-1000 system is made up of a motorised mechanical frame that fits on a person's leg from the knee down. The patients can practice walking wearing the robotic device on a special treadmill that can support their weight.
Toyota Motor Corp. demonstrated the equipment for reporters at its Tokyo headquarters on Wednesday.
One hundred such systems will be rented to medical facilities in Japan later this year, Toyota said. The service entails a one-time initial charge of 1 million yen ($9,000) and a 350,000 yen ($3,200) monthly fee.
The gadget is designed to be worn on one leg at a time for patients severely paralysed on one side of the body due to a stroke or other ailments, Eiichi Saito, a medical doctor and executive vice president at Fujita Health University, explained.
The university joined with Toyota in developing the device.More...