ABLE Exoskeleton

ABLE is a lower-limb robotic exoskeleton designed to enhance mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis. It is the first lightweight, easy-to-use and affordable exoskeleton specifically designed for home use. It is being developed by ABLE Human Motion, a spin-off from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) based in Barcelona (Spain). 

The ABLE exoskeleton has two models: ABLE for spinal cord injury (below T10 level) and ABLE for stroke hemiplegia. 

In 2020, ABLE for spinal cord injured individuals will begin a clinical evaluation in Heidelberg University Hospital (Germany) and Institut Guttmann (Spain). CE mark and sales are expected for 2021.

Description

The ABLE exoskeleton is designed to be used both for gait training rehabilitation therapy in the clinical setting and for autonomous ambulation at home. It adapts to the individual motor needs and allows the patients to ambulate autonomously after being discharged from the hospital. 

Its unique motion-based step trigger detection promotes a more natural, safe and intuitive walking. It is the first exoskeleton that allows the user to put it on its own, stand up directly from the wheelchair, walk and sit down autonomously. 

Its main features: 

  • Modular design (hand luggage packing).
  • Knee powered exoskeleton.
  • 8 kg total weight.
  • High power-density Li-ion batteries.
  • Reduced fitting time.
  • Affordable.
  • Smart parameter configuration.
  • Used with a cane, crutch or walker for stability.
  • Incorporates a remote controller to select operation modes (stand, walk, sit), show the battery status and warning alerts.
  • It comes with a companion app to control the device, configure it, monitor variables and progress, upgrade its firmware and allow remote monitoring by clinicians.

ABLE Exoskeleton – ABLE Human Motion, Avinguda Diagonal, 647, 4th floor, 08028 Barcelona, Spain – website


Wearable Robots CA 16116 LogoThis product description has been provided courtesy of COST Action 16116 Wearable Robots – Augmentation, Assistance or Substitution of Human Motor Functions – website


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