Lighter Exoskeleton will allow disabled to more independent

Vanderbilt University exoskeleton weighs about 27 pounds, nearly half the weight of the other models that weigh around 45 pounds. The other models are also bulkier so most users wearing them cannot fit into a standard-sized wheelchair.

Parker has licensed the exoskeleton and plans to release Indego exoskeleton in 2014.

* Indego is small enough to accommodate low profile wheelchairs.

* Indego allows users to stand and walk on all surfaces including stairs and gain access to areas not accessible via a wheelchair.

* Indego weighs just 27 pounds and snaps apart into three pieces for maximum convenience.

Indego is 40-50% lighter than competing devices and provides a modular design that can be assembled and dis-assembled for ease of use and transportation. This device is also smaller, with a slim profile and no bulky backpack components or footplates. A proprietary control interface allows for smooth operation that works in harmony with natural human movement and body position. Indego is the only wearable device that incorporates a proven rehabilitation technology called functional electrical stimulation.

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