Enabling people to move on their own is crucial to unleash full human potential. Mobility is a fundamental part of living in society independently and freely, in activities like working and also in leisure time. Yet, society is not inclusive to people with lower-limb paralysis.
The most common causes of paralysis are stroke and spinal cord injury (SCI). The World Health Organization estimates there are 500.000 new cases of SCI every year. This injury also entails health complications associated with sedentary lifestyle, and severe social and psychological consequences.
Exoskeletons are external structures that are placed on the user’s body to reinforce or restore human performance. Exoskeletons could help people with SCI walk again. However, current devices are expensive, heavy and require professional supervision.