First smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance & prevents falling, developed by Swiss researchers (Video)

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The first smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance – and prevents falling – has been developed by researchers at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy, EPFL in Switzerland, and tested at the Rehabilitation Center “Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi” in Florence.

Wearable machines that enhance your movement and endurance no longer belong to the realm of science fiction. They are being developed today in the laboratory, and in this controlled setting, already prevent the elderly from falling.

Scientists at Scuola Sant’Anna in Italy and EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland have built a prototype of a smart, light-weight and easy-to-personalize exoskeleton that counteracts the loss of balance and promotes balance recovery after an accidental slip. This is a first in wearable machines, which are normally used to assist or enhance regular movement, instead of preventing an unexpected event like falling. The results are published on May 11th in Scientific Reports. Continue reading “First smart exoskeleton that recognizes the loss of balance & prevents falling, developed by Swiss researchers (Video)”

Researchers Develop Smart Prosthetics that Learns Mind Reading (Video)

PORTLAND, Ore.–Smart prosthetics that react to signals from the brain or stump of an amputee have been under development for many years. Unfortunately, it takes months for the patients to learn how to emit the right brain signals at the right time and place for even remedial control the artificial limb. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Smart Prosthetics that Learns Mind Reading (Video)”

“Think to navigate: A BCI Telepresence Robot for People With Severe Motor Disabilities” – Robert Leeb, CNP-EPFL

This work presents an important step forward towards increasing the independence of people with severe motor disabilities, by using brain-computer interfaces (BCI) to harness the power of the Internet of Things. We demonstrate how the concept of shared control —which interprets the user’s commands in context— empowers users to perform rather complex tasks without a high workload. Continue reading ““Think to navigate: A BCI Telepresence Robot for People With Severe Motor Disabilities” – Robert Leeb, CNP-EPFL”