Exoskeleton robotic legs train stroke victims to walk again

The dream of exoskeletons usually focuses on the idea of being able to dive into the middle of a battlefield firefight or increase one's strength à la Ripley in Aliens. But the real near-term future for the technology is in body rehabilitation, as exampled by the new LOPES system.

Constructed by researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, the system is designed to help stroke victims learn how to walk again. The LOPES exoskeleton is stationary and helps patients relearn how to walk naturally by detecting in real-time what the patient is doing wrong and providing force feedback and support to the necessary area. You can see the system in action in the video below.


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