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First Robotic Exoskeletons For Paraplegia Win FDA Approval
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StevenTan
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StevenTan,
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7/4/2014 | 6:13:48 AM
Malaysia Walk Again Project
 

My name is Steven Tan. I have been doing a research on an exoskeleton prototype for quadriplegia patient. This prototype concept (Steelforce One) is to allow full paralyzed patient to move their body and do their daily work without having the need of help of others. They could walk, sit, sleep, move their arm to eat and etc on their own. This machine is potentially to be used as physiotherapy machine for people having trouble of movement in hospitals and patients who had stroke, spinal cord injuries or other sickness.

It is possible to control the device with voice, and even brainwave technology. We have researched on the possibility of using brainwave to control, however the response is not so fluid because the brainwave technology is still not mature yet. The brainwave technology will improve by time and we can upgrade the system as new technology is available in the market. Currently we are using brainwave headset controller gyromouse to control the system.

The system is currently built with embedded system and therefore we can add on as many functions and movement as it is developing further more. The prototype is also built with a computer and a software that allow the patient to type on the computer and interact with other people. Sensors will be added soon to allow better movement and control system. 

This is the third prototype as I have been upgrading the function from time to time. I have been doing this research since 2010 and the structure design has been upgraded a lot since the beginning of the process.

We are looking for investors and joint-venture for further research, manufacture and market the product. We will provide you with more details if you require more information about the prototype. Please contact me if you are interested on my research and would like to get more information about it. 

I have also a video to show you about the project progress. 

Please contact me through my email: smhtan@hotmail.com

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7/3/2014 | 3:29:43 PM
Re: All well and good, but .........
I read a couple years ago in an IEEE publication that there was a division in the research community between those repairing the nerve damage and those developing external aids like this. The former seemed to be getting more funding and media coverage (e.g., the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation) even though the latter held more promise for devices that could help people in the near term. It's a shame that silos like this develop.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/2/2014 | 4:22:24 PM
Fantastic Step
This is very exciting news that, hopefully, will help improve the quality of life for paraplegics. I'd imagine that, as more people use the product, it'll get lighter and smaller and gain more capabilities (such as climbing stairs). How liberating this must be for people who had thought they would never walk again. I wonder whether private insurance will cover it?
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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7/2/2014 | 4:12:10 PM
Re: All well and good, but .........
And quite often, tests that work well in the lab on rats or other animals don't always translate into successes in humans. 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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7/2/2014 | 2:54:40 PM
Re: All well and good, but .........
I doubt it has been abandoned. It's just that news reports about success in the lab may take a decade or more to reach the market, at least where medical technology is concerned.
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Gary_EL,
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7/2/2014 | 1:56:56 PM
All well and good, but .........
A few years ago, I read about an experiment in which a rat's severed spinal chord was induced to partially "re-splice " itself, enabling the animal to partially controll it's lower body. Not perfect, but a start. Why has this line of inquiry seemingly been abandoned?

 


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