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Soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments

Objective

The XoSoft project will develop a modular soft lower-limb exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments. The consortium includes 5 research groups and 3 companies each with EU project experience in exoskeleton/assistive orthoics development.
XoSoft, a class I medical device, assists people with low to moderate levels of reduced mobility, enabling them to remain active performing tasks of daily living, which they would otherwise either refrain from doing or could not do. It can also be used in clinics by people with disabilities such as muscle weakness or partial loss of sensory functions. Being a modular system, it comprises an ankle, knee and hip which can be use individually or combined and used unilaterally or bilaterally.
XoSoft is revolutionary: Soft robotics sensors and actuators will be developed using existing basis science concepts and integrated with connected health functionality. It will be the first commercially orientated soft exoskeleton for the mainstream mobility assistance market.
XoSoft is a user centered design achieved by involving primary, secondary and tertiary end users throughout the project. It is easy and comfortable to wear, has a significant impact on the persons mobility and health, on their independence and quality of life.
Advanced textiles and smart materials will be developed to create sensing, variable stiffness joints and actuation using technologies such as electro rheological fluids, flexible tactile sensors based on polymeric films with carbon nanotubes and nanowires. Control is through biomimetics to identify the user’s motion and intention and to determine and provide the appropriate level of assistance. Connected health connectivity and analysis enable the wearer and their clinicians/therapist to review activity information. The concept is tested extensively in the lab, is subject to trials in clinical settings and home environments.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 930 910

Participants (8)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 510 000
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING SAXION
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 460 225
Address
M Harpertsz Tromplaan 30
7513 AB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 548 513,75
Address
National Technological Park, Plassey
- Limerick
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROESSINGH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 616 442,50
Address
Roessinghsbleekweg 33
7522 AH Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACCELOPMENT SCHWEIZ AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Seefeldstrasse 198
8008 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WALDKRANKENHAUS ST MARIEN GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 437,50
Address
Rathsberger Strasse 57
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Other
Össur hf
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 391 500
Address
Grjothals 5
IS-110 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)