Never fall again thanks to backpack-like wearable robot

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Period14 Jul 2020

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  • TitleNever fall again thanks to backpack-like wearable robot
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletTechXplore
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionBalance aids currently used in daily life and rehabilitation clinics are helpful but far from perfect. Canes, walkers, crutches, and handrails modify posture and prevent the hands from being used during activities like opening doors, carrying shopping, or answering the telephone. Also more sophisticated tools like mobile bodyweight support systems or robotic gait trainers are bulky or can only be used in specific environments. Andrew Berry, Daniel Lemus and Saher Jabeen, researchers BioMechanical Engineering at TU Delft, led by Professor Heike Vallery, developed a backpack-like wearable robot to provide balance support during rehabilitation; the GyBAR. Fully contained within the backpack is a gyroscopic actuator—a spinning disc repositionable with electric motors—to provide hands-free balance support in multiple activities and environments. The results of the first experiments with human subjects and potential end-users have been published in Scientific Reports.
    PersonsAndy Berry, D.S. Lemus Perez, S. Jabeen, H. Vallery