The Welwalk WW-2000, an upgraded version of a robot designed to provide rehabilitation support to individuals with lower limb paralysis as a result of stroke and other causes, is now available, Toyota announces.
Upgraded features of the prior model (the Welwalk WW-1000) include rehabilitation support functions based on motor learning theory and the ease of use in clinical settings, the addition of display assistance settings in real time to improve abnormal gait, and a game function to help patients maintain the motivation to continue with their rehabilitation.
The adoption of these new functions reduces burdens on therapists compared to the previous model while providing more efficient walking training to patients, according to Robotics & Automation News, in a media release.
The prior model was provided on a rental basis to medical institutions, but in light of requests from healthcare institutions and market assessments, the Welwalk WW-2000 will be made available for purchase with the aim of improving overall quality of service.
With the launch of the Welwalk WW-2000, Toyota hopes to bring the “joy of walking with one’s own feet” to even more patients while reducing burdens on therapists, per the release.
[Source: Robotics & Automation News]