This is the Atalante by Paris-based Wandercraft, a hands-free self-balanced “exoskeleton” or wearable robot. Developed with healthcare professionals, the Atalante frees a patient’s upper limbs and trunk and its design restores movement using adjustable assistance. This allows for early task-oriented motor work and promoting patient engagement and neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity is an especially important goal for patients as it allows the neurons in the brain to compensate for injury/disease and to adjust their activities in response to these changes. Atalante is designed to enable early, intensive, and repeated treatment, which reduces the mental and physical burden on both the patient and therapist.
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Emulating the human walk is one of the biggest challenges of robotics, according to Wandercraft. Yet it has become a pioneer in the development of algorithms that control the 12 degrees of freedom needed to achieve a dynamic self-balanced walk. Atalante’s design for walking rehabilitation enables standing up, walking (up to 3,000 steps per day, daily), steering, turning, and sitting.