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A ROBOTIC EXOSKELETON THAT HELPS PATIENTS WITH SPINAL INJURY TO WALK RECOGNISED BY THE CAIXAIMPULSE PROGRAMME

05/07/2017

 

The Assistive Biorobotic Low-cost Exoskeleton (ABLE), which was designed and developed by the Biomedical Engineering Lab (BIOMEC), part of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), is one of the 23 projects selected to receive funding in the third call for the CaixaImpulse programme, promoted by the saving bank La Caixa’s Obra Social and Caixa Capital Risc.

The exoskeleton enables people with spinal injuries to gain mobility and walk and is low cost, light, personalised and easy to use. It consists of three modular components: a knee actuator system that acts as artificial muscle, a sensor situated in the tibia region that detects the user’s intention, and a rucksack containing the electronics and the battery. With this device, patients can take an active role in their own recovery. They gain independence and can continue with the rehabilitation process in their own homes. The end effect will be an improvement in quality of life and a significant reduction in individual and healthcare costs.

Researchers from the University of A Coruña and the University of Extremadura also participated in the development of the prototype.