Mobile Robot for Locomotion Therapy

The goal of this project was to develop a mobile therapy robot that could help patients learn to walk again after a stroke or illness. The robot is designed to follow closely behind its user during rehabilitation exercises, supporting or catching the patients in case they stumble or lose their balance, while at the same time giving them the freedom of movement necessary to walk naturally.

The patient is fitted with an inertial measuring system that calculates the dynamics of his or her movements and analyzes the measurement data to determine whether the movements are stable. This enables the robot to optimally adjust its movements to the user and react appropriately in emergency situations.

This project was funded by the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen.