Many researchers coming from different areas have focused their attention and their studies over recent years on a new generation of exoskeletons: bionic legs that, although do not replace completely the wheelchair, allow their users to assume the standing position again.
Succeeding in making to walk again who is forced on a wheelchair, because of traumas or neuro-degenerative pathologies, has become one of the new goals of the medical science. Mitofusin 2 Project is particularly interested in this field of studies and in developments which arise from that, not only for the emotional impact that returning to walk would have on the mind and the life of its own patients, but also for its applications in the physical therapy domain.
For this reason, we would like to draw your attention on ATLAS , a lower limb exoskeleton designed in Spain and tested on kids suffering from quadriplegia, studied to support children weight up to 25 kg. We believe this robot is particularly interesting because, in checking the mouvement, it does not use the common methods (such as EMG which might be very contraindicated for people suffering from CMT2A) but it makes use of goniometers which detect the right angle of the different positions. It is very light and one of its goals is to maximise energy efficiency.
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