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Shopping for an Exoskeleton?

When you really think about it, purchasing a powered exoskeleton is a serious business. So the question is, how can we get a grip on the potential value of purchasing something like the Indego? To be worthwhile, the exoskeleton has to at least make greater independence and enhanced health a realistic possibility for the user - and for a start that will mean different things to different people.

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IndegoDerek JonesComment
Exoskeletons for Rehabilitation

The really exciting aspect of the Indego exoskeleton is it’s ability to act as a therapeutic aid following stroke, MS, head injury and more. Whilst it’s the personal usage as an assistive product that gets the headlines, the Indego’s superb blend of hardware and software is the key to it’s role as a superb therapy tool. Neuroplasticity is a double edged sword. To take advantage of this you need something that allows the “optimal” gait to be reinforced. The Indego leads the way in it’s ability to take advantage of neuoplasticity.

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IndegoDerek JonesComment
Things are different with the Indego

A few years ago a clinician friend referred to exoskeleton developments as "mobile standing frames". His not so disguished message was simply that this was an expensive way of standing with no additional benefits over a conventional standing frame for his SCI clients.  Things are different with the Indego

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IndegoDerek Jones Comment
Indego Exoskeleton Update

The Indego Therapy kit has been adopted by the therapy practice More Rehab from Sheffield/Doncaster to use as part of their routine clinical work.  Up until now, the main focus with exoskeletons in the news has been their use as assistive devices following a spinal cord injury.  More Rehab will take advantage of the software systems of the Indego to offer intensive therapy to clients who can benefit from variable assistance.

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Exoskeletons for rehabilitation - Hooray for Indego

What have the Indego exoskeleton and golf practice have in common?  It's all to do with how we learn actually. The arrival of the Indego and other exoskeletons could and should sweep away some of the obsolete thinking and outdated practices that constrained what we could expect of rehabilitation in the past.  It's no good implementing frequent, intensive and functional rehab without the right tools. It's not good for golf either.

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Adding haptics to objects in Virtual Reality with FES

We are seeing a number of virtual reality applications in rehabilitation as ideas from the gaming world spill over into rehab. But how about technology from rehab finding it's way into gaming?

A paper by Lopes et al describes how researchers from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam Germany have been exploring how to add haptics to walls and other heavy objects in virtual worlds by using FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation).  When you think about it, a "sense of feeling" is normally missing from these virtual worlds - FES is one way of providing this sense.

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