AlterG has expanded its product portfolio with a battery-powered, wearable robotic training device. The AlterG Bionic Leg, which is activated by patient-initiated movement, recently made its debut at the APTA Conference & Exposition in Salt Lake City.
The device is engineered to strengthen stance, improve gait, and enhance active motor learning while protecting the user. Steve Basta, CEO, AlterG, comments on the device, noting that its addition, “continues our efforts to help people rehab quickly, safely, and effectively.”
AlterG states that the Bionic Leg assists users in more actively participating in sit-to-stand, overground walking, and stair climbing exercises key to gait and balance recovery. Once the user begins to stand or ascend stairs, the software’s sensors are designed to use the patient’s shifting weight and position of the leg to detect when assistive force is required for the leg extension and help lift the patient.To provide a controlled descent when sitting down or descending stairs, the device applies a resistance force.
According to the company, the Bionic Leg comes to it via its recent acquisition of Tibion. Robert Horst, inventor of the Bionic Leg and chief technology officer of robotics at AlterG, articulates his excitement regarding the new opportunities the acquisition will provide. “The additional resources in manufacturing and engineering will allow us to ramp production and make Bionic Leg therapy available to a much larger population of patients throughout the world,” Horst says.
AlterG notes that the Bionic Leg is currently available in more than 100 hospitals, physical therapy facilities, and skilled nursing facilities worldwide.