The Newest Exoskeleton INDEGO coming closer to the concept of mobility device that people with Spinal Cord Injury can use in everyday life!
Looks better than most of other Exo’s so far. Some things could be even better – for example I think that one of future models of Indego Exoskeleton should be rehab oriented with possible merging FES (external low electric stim on patient muscles) to induce active but with machine balanced controlled stepping.
It is known fact that FES can help in Rehab (Parastep or similar) and with Exoskeleton equipped with FES training of person to regain ability to walk again would be much more efficient than with other similar systems.
If , now older, Rehab devices as Locomat can have sensors to recognize patient’s input and adjust power in controlled and balanced stepping, I don’t think should be any trouble for makers of Indego to create such a FES equipped machine.
In discussion on this panel (1h 12 min mark) Dr. Wise Young and Dr. Roderic Pettigrew are talking about electric stimulation & walking training as possible way of re-training SCI person.
Expected retail price will be $ 60,000 and expected is to drop down with newer stronger and lighter models. Should be available in 2015 (EU) and 2016 (USA)