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XoSoft - A Vision for a Soft Modular Lower Limb Exoskeleton

  • Jesus Ortiz
  • Eduardo Rocon
  • Valerie Power
  • Adam de Eyto
  • Leonard O’Sullivan
  • Markus Wirz
  • Christoph Bauer
  • Samuel Schülein
  • Konrad S. Stadler
  • Barbara Mazzolai
  • Wouter B. Teeuw
  • Chris Baten
  • Corien Nikamp
  • Jaap Buurke
  • Freygardur Thorsteinsson
  • Jeanette Müller
Conference paper
Part of the Biosystems & Biorobotics book series (BIOSYSROB, volume 16)

Abstract

XoSoft is an EU project that proposes the development of a modular soft lower-limb exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments. It aims to be user friendly and comfortable to wear, with a significant impact on the person’s mobility and health, on their independence and quality of life. Being a modular system, it comprises of ankle, knee and hip elements, which can be used individually or combined and used unilaterally or bilaterally.

XoSoft follows a user centered design strategy achieved by involving primary, secondary and tertiary end users as participatory stakeholders in the design and development process. Preliminary findings of the interviews with the different users groups are presented in this paper.

Advanced textiles and smart materials are being developed to create sensing, variable stiffness joints and flexible tactile sensors. Control will be 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 will enable the wearer and their clinicians/therapist to review activity information. The concept will be tested extensively in the lab, and subject to trials in clinical settings and home environments.

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Acknowledgment

This work has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation under grant agreement No 688175.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jesus Ortiz
    • 1
  • Eduardo Rocon
    • 2
  • Valerie Power
    • 3
  • Adam de Eyto
    • 3
  • Leonard O’Sullivan
    • 3
  • Markus Wirz
    • 4
  • Christoph Bauer
    • 4
  • Samuel Schülein
    • 5
  • Konrad S. Stadler
    • 6
  • Barbara Mazzolai
    • 7
  • Wouter B. Teeuw
    • 8
  • Chris Baten
    • 9
  • Corien Nikamp
    • 9
  • Jaap Buurke
    • 9
  • Freygardur Thorsteinsson
    • 10
  • Jeanette Müller
    • 11
  1. 1.Department of Advanced RoboticsIstituto Italiano di TecnologiaGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Neural and Cognitive Engineering GroupSpanish National Research CouncilMadridSpain
  3. 3.Design Factors GroupUniversity of LimerickLimerickIreland
  4. 4.Institute of PhysiotherapyZHAW Zurich University of Applied SciencesWinterthurSwitzerland
  5. 5.Geriatrics Center ErlangenErlangenGermany
  6. 6.Institute of Mechatronic SystemsZurich University of Applied SciencesWinterthurSwitzerland
  7. 7.Center for Micro-BioRobotics of IIT@SSSAIstituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)PisaItaly
  8. 8.Saxion’s Research Group Ambient IntelligenceEnschedeNetherlands
  9. 9.Roessingh Research and DevelopmentEnschedeNetherlands
  10. 10.ÖssurReykjavikIceland
  11. 11.Accelopment A.G.ZürichSwitzerland

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