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Soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments

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.
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA

Address

Via Morego 30
16163 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 930 910

Participants (8)

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AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 510 000

STICHTING SAXION

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 460 225

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 548 513,75

ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN

Switzerland

ROESSINGH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 616 442,50

ACCELOPMENT AG

Switzerland

WALDKRANKENHAUS ST MARIEN GGMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 437,50

Össur hf

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 391 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 688175

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2016

  • End date

    31 January 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 422 863,75

  • EU contribution

    € 3 680 028,75

Coordinated by:

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA

Italy