ROBO-K, an assitance robot for re-learning to walk is an interactive mobile robot able to carry the patient that is the result of the IRIMI project on the medical imaging system of Images & Réseaux (Rennes) in collaboration with BA Sytèmes (Mordelles), specialists in automatic handling vehicles, Movea (Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes), CEA-LIST and LP3C research laboratories, as well as two specialists in rehabilitation, the Kerpape centre (Ploemeur) and Rennes University Hospital.
Aimed primarily at people who have experienced a stroke, it has several modes of operation that allow the patient to walk or do balancing exercises, a dimension that was not initially conceived of but which is valuable for rehabilitation. ROBO-K can also support people with progressive diseases such as Parkinson’s. According to the first tests, the functional walk that evaluates ambulatory capacity, increases by 40% on average in patients. Other studies are underway to industrialise the 2019 robot and validate the therapeutic effects by clinical tests.
Source : Le Mag Numérique – 23/03/2018
Photo credit : Robo-K