The ATLANTE by Wandercraft is designed to be a completely self-reliant walking system for people with mobility disability. The design intent is for a:
- Hip-Knee-Ankle lower body exoskeleton
- No need for crutches or walker
- Intuitive controls (no joystick) using a sensor vest
- Programming to navigate obstacles and provide more natural gait
The ATLANTE is envisioned as a replacement of the wheelchair for the future. Initial trials are scheduled for 2016. The scope of the project is so grand, that it is difficult to envision commercial prototypes before 2018.
While the ATLANTE is designed to provide the full power needed for walking, it is still being evaluated for gait rehabilitation. Just like the REX by Rex Bionics, it is possible the ATLANTE can find a place in rehabilitation centers to get users used to walking prior to switching them to a lighter exoskeleton that provides adaptive (partial) gait assistance. A take-home version is also being developed.
Wandercraft (the company behind the ATLANTE exoskeleton) is a French startup founded in 2012. Since then, it has attracted dozens of professors and engineers, as well as considerable financial backing.
Wandercraft SAS, 114 rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris, website
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