The exhibits—presented by companies, academic institutions and even three 16-year-old boys—included an “exoskeleton” that enables paraplegics to stand up and walk; a flexible robotic snake that can extricate people trapped in earthquakes and collapsed buildings; a helmet that can translate a person’s thoughts or facial expressions to actions; and a “waiter robot” to help the disabled that handed out pieces of matza to Obama, President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The exoskeleton, called ReWalk and manufactured by ARGO Medical Technologies, was invented by Dr. Amit Goffer, an alumni of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. A quadriplegic who was inspired to invent the device because of his personal story and experience, Goffer appeared together with IDF veteran Radi Kaiuf and US Army veteran Sgt. Theresa Hannigan—paraplegics who can now stand and walk independently with the patented ReWalk. Hannigan served during the Vietnam era and was left paralyzed two years ago as a result of a progressive autoimmune disease.
“A couple of years ago, doctors told me I would never walk again, but now thanks to this technology, I am able to do anything from standing up and hugging my family to walking a one-mile road race,” Hannigan said.
The ReWalk employs technology with motorized legs that power knee and hip movement and uses subtle changes in center of gravity, mimics natural gait and provides functional walking speed. A forward tilt of the upper body is sensed by the system, which triggers the first step.
The snake robot, developed by Technion mechanical engineering Prof. Alon Wolf, contains a camera in its head and could even be miniaturized to carry out medical procedures.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev presented Brain Network Activation, a technology developed by Dr. Amir Geva that uses a net of sensors placed on the scalp to make it possible to monitor brain activity for diagnosing malfunctions and the development of diseases, as well as assessing efficacy of treatment and rehabilitation from traumatic injury.
-www.jpost.com, 22 March 2013
This type of dazzlement is evident by most when exposed to Israel’s extraordinary technological innovations. While we too applaud Israel’s amazing technological progress, we cannot deny recognizing a shadow of danger behind it all; namely, man’s ability to at least seemingly fulfill Bible prophecy, “Then shall the lame man leap as an hart (like a deer)…” (Isaiah 35:6). From Scripture, we know that mankind will manufacture his own kingdom of peace, albeit temporary.
(For more on the signs of the times, read Are We Really Living in the Last Days?, Item 2277.)