LOPES Rehab Robot
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LOPES (Lower-extremity Powered ExoSkeleton) is a rehab robot that can get patients moving for therapy needs and such. It isn’t in rehab itself. Researchers at the Netherlands’ University of Twente began work on LOPES in 2001 to assess motor skills and teach stroke victims how to walk again. Now, ten years later, LOPES has eight degrees of freedom and automatically adjusts to fit the support needed for each patient. It has come a long way.
The researchers are working on a more compact and user friendly version and they expect a market-ready version to be available by mid-2012. To give it something to do in the meantime, LOPES has been enlisted in a larger EU project called Mindwalker, testing advanced control algorithms “to be used in autonomous exoskeletons.”