x x This 'exosuit' could help patients suffering from stroke and multiple sclerosis (MS) to regain mobility. (Photo: Harvard University)

Stroke, MS sufferers set to benefit from new 'exoskeleton' suit

Harvard and ReWalk have teamed up to bring the technology to market.

ReWalk Robotics' innovative exoskeleton technology has helped countless paralyzed people regain mobility. The Israeli company recently announced a partnership that will bring an innovative new product to market for those who suffer from limited mobility.

Harvard University has been working on a soft exosuit, a lighter version of the existing ReWalk technology. So the Boston-based institution enlisted ReWalk to help speed the design of a suit which aims to help patients suffering from stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) and various other ailments to regain mobility.

Jeremy Romero called his ReWalk device a "game-changer."ReWalk's device (pictured) and Harvard's soft exosuit use similar technologies. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Developed by a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute, the soft exosuit uses cable technologies to assist the wearer’s legs. These enhanced movements have the potential to assist wearers in walking with greater stability and efficiency.

Because of the design of the exosuit – the cables are connected to fabric-based designs that attach to the legs and foot – it is considered a "soft suit."

The collaboration with Israel's ReWalk is a wonderful example of the Wyss Institute model in action. "We work with industry to help de-risk the technologies we develop, both technically and commercially, and thereby expedite their translation into real world applications," said Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber, M.D., Ph.D.

The first commercial application is expected to be for stroke victims, followed by MS and then additional applications.

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