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Today's Issue of Medical Device Daily

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Today's Headlines

Robotic Exoskeletons: Exoskeleton's greatest hurdles are value proposition and adoption rates

Twenty years from now, exoskeletons probably won't be as advanced as the one depicted in the 2007 movie Iron Man, where actor Robert Downey Jr.'s character Tony Stark dons a suit of armor to fight crime. Ultimately, that's a fictional account of just what the technology can do and not based in reality at all. What is reality, however, is a growing interest in these devices being used to help patients with spinal cord injuries walk.

Putting a face to suicide

By now, few members of the human race have not heard the news about comedian Robin Williams, who took his own life the morning of Aug. 11. We don t pretend to know Williams, but those who reach us through audiovisual media have a way of reaching our emotions, and so we feel a pang at their passing, whatever the circumstances. (MDD Perspectives)

ReWalk Robotics secures FDA clearance for exoskeleton for paraplegic patients

In 1997, Amit Goffer, an Israeli inventor, was severely paralyzed as a result of an ATV accident. Not content with his condition or the level of innovation available for paralyzed patients, Goffer, who is now a quadriplegic, began work on mobility devices. His work paid off as he eventually developed an exoskeleton to help paraplegic patients walk.

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