Meet REX Robot from Rex Bionics.
REX enhances the mobility of wheelchair users and was founded in Auckland, New Zealand by two robotics engineers with first hand experience of wheelchair users and their needs.
Until now, REX has most commonly been used by wheelchair users with a spinal cord injury, but it has also been used by people who have suffered a stroke or other traumatic brain injury; and wheelchair users with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy.
Wheelchair users are at risk of developing numerous medical complications from extended periods of sitting. By enabling them to spend more time standing, walking and exercising, REX may offer significant health benefits, including improved sleep and maintenance of joint range, and a reduction in spasm, pain, common abdominal problems and prescription drug use.
Rex Bionics is working with physiotherapists to develop the concept and practice of Robot-Assisted Physiotherapy (RAP). In a session of RAP, REX lifts patients from a sitting position into a robot-supported standing position, allowing them to take part in a set of supported walking and stretching exercises, designed by specialist physiotherapists.
In addition, REX P, for use in the home, enables users to walk and stand with their hands free – providing more work and recreation options (for now, REX is not registered for at home use in the United States of America).
A program of “RAPPER” clinical trials is now under way to evaluate these potential benefits and a positive interim analysis of the RAPPER II data was presented on 27th November 2015. Recruitment for RAPPER II remains open for clinics and individuals.