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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Robotic Suit for patients with spinal cord injuries

Researchers from the Biomedical Engineering departments of the University of Twente and TU Delft will join forces to develop a new robotic suit, which is technically known as an exoskeleton. The suit is intended to help people with spinal injuries, for example, to walk again. The legs of the robotic suit receive signals from the patient’s brain, which are relayed by a specially developed helmet. A prototype suit should be ready in three years’ time.
The Mindwalker project is supported by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, whose goals include accessible IT. The project is being coordinated by Space Applications Services NV.

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