(CBS News) Patients with spinal cord and other mobility-inhibiting injuries have a new hope in the form of Ekso, a commercially-available prosthetic exoskeleton that's already been distributed to some of the premier rehab centers around the country.
Essentially, Ekso is a ready-to-wear robotic prosthesis that functions as a second pair of legs. With the help of a trained therapist, patients are strapped in and can begin sessions immediately. Motors rest on each hip, which are powered by a lithium ion battery that lasts up to three hours. Also, over 30 sensors that work together on the device to enable life-like walking. If the left crutch is moved forward, the on-board commuter knows to move the right leg and vice-versa.Continue »
Katie Linendoll, technology expert for CBS' The Early Show and occasional HealthPop contributor, discusses her thoughts on a new gadget hitting the health market.
(CBS) Americans are notorious for failing to track our bodies' "input and output" - how many calories we consume and how many we burn. If we knew better, would we act better?
Enter Jawbone's "UP" - a wristband device that tracks how much you eat, move, and sleep. The gadget, created by a company better known for Bluetooth headsets, was announced at the TED Global medical conference, July 12, 2011.