Toyota recently presented the Welwalk WW-1000, a wearable robotic leg brace which may come to be used as a rehabilitation tool. It may also be used to try and help partially paralyzed people walk again.
Toyota’s New Robotic Leg Brace Could Be A Useful Rehabilitation Tool
The Welwalk WW-1000 robotic brace is constructed as a motorized mechanical frame. This can then be attached to a person’s leg, starting with their knee downwards. After being fitted with it, the patient can practice walking on a specially adapted treadmill. It will reportedly support the person’s weight and ensure their equilibrium as they exercise.
This new robotic leg brace is being developed and released by the Toyota Motor Corp. The company presented the device and offered a demonstration of its abilities on Wednesday. It was shown during a special presentation which invited reporters at its Tokyo headquarters.
According to a statement from the company, Toyota will not just release the robotic leg brace; it will also start renting it out. More exactly, 100 Welwalk WW-1000 products will be let to several medical facilities across Japan. They will be sent sometime later this year. According to Toyota, the service will come with an initial charge of around $9,000 or 1 million yen. Its monthly fee was valued at about $3,200 or 350,000 yen.
Eiichi Saito went to explain that this product was designed to be worn on one leg at a time. Saito is a medical doctor and the Fujita Health University executive vice-president. Toyota collaborated with the University while developing this new device.
According to Saito, the Welwalk WW-1000 should prove useful for patients that have been ‘severely paralyzed’ on one body side due to either a stroke or another ailment. He also stated that the robotic leg brace should help enough so as to quicken the recovery pace but not slow the overall process.
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