The team behind Indego® has won a 2013 POPULAR MECHANICS Breakthrough Innovator Award, which recognizes innovators whose work will make the world smarter, safer and more efficient.
Parker has named its new exoskeleton device Indego®.
“We believe the name Indego captures the essence of the device, highlighting the primary benefit of enhanced independence,” said Craig Maxwell, Vice President of Technology and Innovation for Parker.
Parker has formalized an agreement with Shepherd Center to support the commercialization of Parker's exoskeleton device Indego®, which is planned for release in 2014.
Indego® allows users to stand and walk on all surfaces including stairs and gain access to areas not accessible via a wheelchair.
Indego® weighs just 27 pounds and snaps apart into three pieces for maximum convenience. The device is small enough to accommodate low profile wheelchairs.
Indego® is 40-50% lighter than competing devices and provides a modular design that can be assembled and dis-assembled for ease of use and transportation. This device is also smaller, with a slim profile and no bulky backpack components or footplates. A proprietary control interface allows for smooth operation that works in harmony with natural human movement and body position. Indego is the only wearable device that incorporates a proven rehabilitation technology called functional electrical stimulation.
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Parker has licensed the exoskeleton technology developed at Vanderbilt University, and is currently engaged with the Shepherd Center to further develop and test the system. Indego® has not been submitted for FDA approval and is not currently available for sale. Continued development and testing is anticipated to result in FDA approval to market and sell the device for clinical rehabilitation and also for personal mobility, at which time indications for use and benefits of use will be announced. Parker is targeting commercial launch in 2015.
"We are confident that we can improve the lives of people who experience mobility challenges. We believe the technology developed at Vanderbilt is far superior in terms of both design and functional performance." -Craig Maxwell, Vice President and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Parker
Parker will be demonstrating Indego® at several upcoming events:
OTWorld 2014 May 13 - 16, 2014 Leipzig, Germany
Mayo Clinic Neurorehabilitation Summit May 19-20, 2014 Rochester, MN
ASCIP (Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals) Annual Conference 2014 September 1 - 3, 2014 St. Louis, MO
ISCOS (International Spinal Cord Society) Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 September 2 - 4, 2014 MECC, Maastricht, The Netherlands
REHACARE International 2014 September 24 - 27, 2014 Düsseldorf, Germany
ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine) Annual Conference 2014 October 7 - 11, 2014 Toronto, ON, Canada
AAPM&R (American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) Annual Assembly 2014 November 13 - 16, 2014 San Diego, CA
APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Combined Sections Meeting 2015 February 4 - 7, 2015 Indianapolis, IN