Cyberlegs: a robotic brace that helps amputees walkby Beatrice Credi - 2015.03.17
'Cyberlegs' is a project that creates bionic legs for people who have suffered amputation above the knee, giving them the chance to walk again. The recently completed project was financed by the European Commission. Transfemoral amputations are particularly crippling from a physical point of view. The project therefore created an exoskeleton leg brace as well as a robotic bilateral pelvic brace designed to assist the movement by allowing the patient to flex and extend the hip. The brace is operated from a sort of ergonomic backpack that can function autonomously for three hours. By working on the hip area, the device allows the person to move gently and naturally. At every step, in fact, the robotic aid provides amputees with a surplus of energy and restores mobility in a more physiological and symmetrical way.
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