Tibion introduces PK100 Bionic Leg Orthosis
Tibion has just unveiled its PK100 Bionic Leg Orthosis (known as the PowerKnee previously) at the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), and here’s a brief description of what it is.
Tibion’s PK100 Bionic Leg Orthosis is an intelligent, wearable, power-assist device for the leg which actively supplements muscle strength to enhance rehabilitation therapy and provide mobility assistance for patients with loss of muscle function. Utilizing sensors throughout the device, Tibion’s PK100 detects the user’s actions, such as sitting/standing, walking, and ascending/descending stairs. Microprocessors on the device analyze this information and transparently apply the force needed to augment the user’s actions. Patients with neuromuscular impairment due to stroke or chronic disease, such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, and patients with muscle weakness due to osteoarthritis or knee surgery may benefit from this technology.
Sounds like a great way for affected folks to regain their mobility as well as a sense of independence and freedom. There is no word on pricing, but hopefully the PK100 will be made affordable to most people although we doubt that will happen. After all, somebody still needs to feed the family, eh?