Vodafone Is Helping To Make Exoskeltons

Meet the world's first and only exoskeleton approved for use with both stroke patients and spinal cord injuries — the Ekso GT from Ekso Bionics. Strapped over your clothing, the exoskeleton enables you to achieve mobility, strength, or endurance not otherwise possible.

Vodafone's network and global Internet of Things (IoT) SIM will be responsible for communicating diagnostics and improved access to patient data in the ready to wear, battery-powered robots.

The Ekso GT is currently offered in more than 150 rehabilitation institutions around the world and has helped enable people to take more than 50 million steps. The suit can provide adaptive amounts of power to either side of your body, and allows physical therapists to mobilise patients earlier, more frequently and with a greater number of high intensity steps — all which will aid recovery.

"The Internet of Things is enabling all types of medical devices to be connected anywhere in the world," said Vodafone Group's Head of IoT for the Americas, Andrew Morawski. "The focus that Ekso Bionics has on helping stroke and spinal cord injury patients to increase mobility is making a significant impact on the quality of life for its users."

Ekso Bionics has been able to simplify its manufacturing process by using the same Vodafone SIM for all of its suits, currently available in the United States, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, and in most European countries.

"With Vodafone IoT technology, we can monitor how our exoskeletons are performing in real time, providing therapists with data on how the patients' rehabilitation is progressing." said Thomas Looby, Ekso Bionics' chief executive officer.

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