Wolturnus will build Exoskeletons

A new Danish project aims to help the elderly and other people with weakened muscles, to increase their activity level and independence. Together with the Aalborg university and other involved parties, Wolturnus currently works on the development of robot inspired medical aids.

The project’s ambition is, to develop a technology, which allows the growing amount of the society’s elderly people to act more self-reliant and autonomous. The newly-started project pushes the production of exoskeletons. Exeskeletons shall lead to national cost savings in the area of the care for the elderly as well as the export of Danish technology.

Researchers at the department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Aalborg University have worked on developing Exoskeletons for a long time. In the course of the so-called “EXO-Aider” project robot prototypes shall make their way into society.

Existing exoskeletons are typically developed to support the lower part of the body. However, the “EXO-Aider” project focuses on the development of medical aids, strengthening the upper body as well as to take strain off the shoulders and elbows.  With the help of sensor technology, it shall be easier to grasp and lift one’s arms.  At the same time, the size of the components shall be reduced and made more applicable in day-to-day life.

For Wolturnus, this project is a natural extension to the production of wheelchairs, sports wheelchairs and handbikes. CTO Christian Gammelgaard Olesen sees new opportunities for the elderly as well as for wheelchair users:

“Wolturnus is part if this project, as an exoskeleton for the upper body will make it easier for wheelchair users to perform transfers such as from the wheelchair to the toilet and back or from the wheelchair to the car seat and back. The potential of a light, custom-made version of the exoskeleton is very big.”

Wolturnus will provide knowledge regarding injuries and abrasions as well as movement patterns. Moreover, Wolturnus will produce the exoskeleton, as soon as the prototypes have passed a series of tests.

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