The ‘robotic suit’ that helps people walk again
An Israeli company designed a suit called ReWalk exoskeleton. In the past, robotic suits were designed for soldiers in the army to make them stronger. Today, the exoskeleton can help disabled people stand and walk again. Anyone can buy it in the USA for around $69,500.
The robotic suit has many parts which help it walk like a person walks. It has sensors to detect the movement of the body . It also has robotic joints that move when the upper body moves. A belt around the waist and shoulders keeps the suit in place. A bag on the back holds the computer and battery.
Amit Goffer , who designed the ReWalk exoskeleton, is himself a disabled person. He can’t walk because he was hurt in a car accident in 1997. Radi Kaiof is one of the Israelis who trained to use the ReWalk exoskeleton. He lost the use of his legs when he was in the Israeli army.
From a watch, Radi can choose what he wants to do – stand, sit, walk or get up. Then he moves his body to control the ReWalk exoskeleton. After choosing to walk, all he needs to do is lean forward. To stop he simply leans upright.
‘For me it is amazing, the freedom…to be able to walk after I thought I could never walk again is amazing,’ Radi said.
1. What is the ReWalk exoskeleton?
2. Name two things the suit can help people do.
3. Name three parts חלקים that the suit has?
4. Why can’t Amit Goffer walk?
5. How can Radi Kaiof use the ReWalk exoskeleton?
6. How does Radi Kaiof feel about using the ReWalk exoskeleton?
- An Israeli company designed/ didn’t design the robotic suit.
- Amit Goffer got hurt/didn’t get hurt in a car accident before he designed the ReWalk exoskeleton.
- Radi Kaiof is an Israeli who trained/ didn’t train to use the ReWalk exoskeleton.
- Radi Kaoif lost/ didn’t lose the use of his legs in a car accident.
- Radi chooses/ choose/ doesn’t choose what he wants to do by using a watch.
- Then he moves/ move/ doesn’t move his body to control the ReWalk exoskeleton.
- Disabled people think/ don’t think it’s amazing to be able to walk with the suit.