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.