Wearable Robots Are Lighter, More Portable

CHICAGO (May 9, 2013)--When Michael Gore stands it's a triumph of science and engineering.

Gore was paralyzed from the waist down 11 years ago in a workplace accident, but now he can rise from his wheelchair to his full 6-foot-2-inches and walk across the room, with the help of a lightweight wearable robot, which he demonstrated this week in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Spinal Injury Association.

The 27-pound Indego device, the lightest of several competing products being tested in U.S. rehab hospitals, snaps together and straps onto the user's waist and legs.

Gore, 42, of North Carolina says it's an emotional boost to talk with people eye-to-eye.

The devices are still experimental and haven't yet been approved by federal regulators for personal use.

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