The Darwing is an upper body powered arm support and assistance exoskeleton.  This is an end-effector type of exoskeleton because it doesn’t follow the contours of the human arm.  On one end, it has a strapless connection at the forearm.  This is fixed/stationary type of assistive device which connects to a wheelchair or a piece of furniture on the opposite end.


The Darwing by Focal Meditech is part of the company’s line of Dynamic Arm Supports.  This and other similar devices featured on their website are designed to:

  • Assist movement of the arm against gravity applying only as much power as needed.
  • Enhance coordination of movements such as eating or drinking.
  • Improve the mobility and reduce the pain in the shoulder.

The Darwing is a highly adjustable device.  It can be switched between a multitude of operational modes and preset positions with the use of a joystick and a small display.  This allows the user to have more control of the level of force compensation and many other settings.

This end-effector exoskeleton is marketed to help with the execution of everyday activities such as eating, drinking, brushing, typing, opening doors, etc…  It is suited for people who have muscle control in the arm and hand but need an extra functional support to overcome the force of gravity.

Official Video:

Focal Meditech, Droogdokkeneiland 19, 5026 SP Tilburg, The Netherlands, website

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