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Home use, affordable and lightweight exoskeleton for people with lower-limb paralysis

Descripción del proyecto

Un exoesqueleto asequible consigue que las personas caminen

Los expertos llevan tiempo desarrollando exoesqueletos robóticos para recuperar los movimientos humanos. Para que su uso sea generalizado, es necesario que sean más asequibles. Los dispositivos actuales cuestan unos 100 000 EUR. ABLE Human Motion aspira a presentar el primer exoesqueleto asequible y ligero que ayuda a recuperar la capacidad de andar a las personas con parálisis en las extremidades inferiores. ABLE se esfuerza por hacerlo de una forma natural e intuitiva, mediante un accionador eléctrico que flexiona y estira la pierna, imitando el movimiento humano natural. También se emplea un sensor inercial para detectar la intención del usuario de dar el paso adelante. Este sistema revolucionario y patentado para ayudar a caminar contribuye a paliar los problemas de salud causados por un estilo de vida sedentario, al tiempo que aumenta la autoestima y la independencia.

Objetivo

People with lower-limb paralysis could walk again if they had a robotic exoskeleton to restore the leg movements affected by the injury. However, current devices are expensive (cost about 100 k€), heavy and require trained professional supervision. Therefore, they are only found in large hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and are out of the reach of the patient.

ABLE Human Motion is a medical device spin-off from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) that is developing and will commercialize robotic exoskeletons to enhance their mobility and independence. ABLE’s vision is to build a world where everybody has the possibility to move independently, with that aim we plan the launch of ABLE: the first home use, affordable and lightweight exoskeleton that restores the ability to walk of people with lower-limb paralysis in a natural and intuitive way. It is based on an electric actuator that flexes and extends the leg mimicking human natural movement, and an inertial sensor that together with dedicated algorithms detects the user’s intention to make the step forward. This patented and disruptive system to assist walking helps palliating health issues caused by sedentary lifestyle while boosting self-confidence and independence.

So far our newly established company has been awarded as an innovative technology to improve healthcare by CaixaImpulse and EIT Health. We have been selected among the 5 most promising medtech start-ups by MassMEDIC (Boston, USA). The team has also won the acceleration programs organized by Richi Foundation and CIMIT, the most successful health accelerator in the world. This has allowed us to validate the product-market fit with more than 150 stakeholders, establishing a viable business model and a go-to-market plan.

The project is currently at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) between 6 and 7, and should reach TRL9 within an 18-month timeframe.

Convocatoria de propuestas

H2020-EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020

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Convocatoria de subcontratación

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1

Régimen de financiación

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1

Coordinador

ABLE HUMAN MOTION S.L.
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 50 000,00
Dirección
CALLE DE MARIE CURIE 8-14
08023 Barcelona
España

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Pyme

Organización definida por ella misma como pequeña y mediana empresa (pyme) en el momento de la firma del acuerdo de subvención.

Región
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Coste total
€ 71 429,00