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This Wearable Device Enables Paraplegic People to Stand Up and Walk Again

This Wearable Device Enables Paraplegic People to Stand Up and Walk Again

This is TWIICE, a lower limb “exoskeleton” or wearable device that enables those with paraplegia to stand up, walk on regular, rough, or tilted surfaces, as well as climb stairs and interact in the community at eye-level. It’s a personal, modular exoskeleton that is meant to be adapted to different morphologies and pathologies.

This modular and customizable device was developed at the Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. The mission behind TWIICE is to try and give back its users part of the sensations associated with walking or standing and regain independence.



Given that every disability is unique to the individual, one single exoskeleton model wouldn’t work for all. That’s why it is customizable. TWIICE is lightweight and is battery-operated. Its battery life allows for three hours of active walking. Its overall technical design is developed with a special emphasis on simplicity, robustness, and reliability.

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