Ekso Bionics GT Exoskeleton
Walking is achieved by the user’s weight shifts to activate sensors in the device which initiate steps. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, replacing deficient neuromuscular function.
The GT exoskeleton from Ekso Bionics is a wearable bionic suit that enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait.
Walking is achieved by the user’s weight shifts to activate sensors in the device which initiate steps. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, replacing deficient neuromuscular function. The Ekso suit provides audio cues to the user when ideal lateral and forward spatial targets are achieved to initiate a step.
This exoskeleton is intended for medically supervised use by individuals with various levels of paralysis or hemiparesis due to neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury or disease, traumatic brain injury and more. With medical clearance, it typically facilitates walking for people with a broad range of motor abilities and sizes; which may include up to C7 complete, any level of incomplete SCI, and non-or pre-ambulatory individuals post-stroke.
The GT Exoskeleton features four walk modes:
FirstStep: A physical therapist actuates steps with a button push. The user progresses from sit to stand and using a walker to walking with crutches, often in their first session.
ActiveStep: User take control of actuating their steps via buttons on the crutches or walker.
ProStep: The user achieves the next step by moving their hips forward and shifting them laterally. The Ekso device recognizes that the user is in the correct position and steps.
ProStep Plus: Steps are triggered by the user’s weight shift PLUS the initiation of forward leg movement.