Stairs and steps are a major problem for people with temporary or permanent damage in their mobility, e.g. after surgery, accidents or due to specific diseases. As a result, thousands of people are forced to live at home imprisoned. The available technologies, like stair lifts, are mostly made (1) for wheelchairs users, who then need assistance from a second person or, (2) for physically and mentally fit patients and here only for limited usage. This project is going to develop an assistive modular technology, which will be adjustable to the demands of the patients, usable on its own or in combination with a weel-chair. The technical demands concerning the actoric, sensoric and mechanical system will have to be designed and developed, as well as, the safety and control systems and interfaces. The goal is to develop a prototype which can be tested under simulation conditions and evaluated. The project will be followed by a necessary redesign period and the building of a prototype, which can be tested and validated. This new development will enable people who are handicapped to live a more independent life, it will save costs in health care and, due to its new technology, strengthen the European Market in robotic systems and assistive technologies. Due to the high number of patients the exepcted market demand will be high. Thus this project combines the economic interests of the involved manufacturing SMEs with the high demand on the side of patients, hospitals, rehabilitation centres and nursing homes represented by the prime-proposer and those still to be included.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards