The Lokomat is a modular, fixed gait rehabilitation exoskeleton. This medical wearable robot currently comes in two variations: LokomatPro and a more compact version, LokomatNanos. The Lokomat has a modular design and it can be upgraded or changed as needed. For example, there is a pediatric module which transforms the Lokomat into a kid-friendly pediatric orthosis.
The Lokomat system suspends the user using an overhead harness. All of the gait training takes place over a treadmill. While the rehabilitation patient loses the ability to walk outside of the training room, the Lokomat provides a modifiable integrated package with an ever growing array of features:
- Harness suspension that raises and lowers with each step.
- Active Hip-Knee actuation and passive ankle control
- New optional module for pelvis translation and rotation
- Visual feedback
- Variable assistance
- Data collection and interpolation
- Provide a large number of reproducible quality steps in each session
The Lokomat has some additional advantages due to its fixed design. Because the exoskeleton is supported by a rigid frame that is behind the user who in turn is supported by a harness attached overhead all motors can be safely turned off. This means it can be used as an evaluation device using all of its built-in sensors. This provides rehabilitation experts with a built in tool to evaluate training before and after the use of the Lokomat.
Hocoma AG, Industriestrasse 4, CH-8604 Volketswil, Switzerland Hocoma has multiple offices around the world so make sure to check their website first.
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