This robotic device can help the disabled walk again
September 3, 2017
A Swiss university claims to have developed medical device that can help the disabled stand up and walk.
Researchers at Switzerland's Technical University have made TWIICE, a robotic device that can help a person with paralysis of the legs to walk.
It is called TWIICE because it gives them a second chance. Researchers say this device could help nearly 8 lakh paraplegics in India.
The device has enough strength to walk, even if the person themselves does not have the strength to walk, and can even use it to climb the stairs. It can be useful for people that are fully paraplegic, those with spinal cord injury, and for people who really cannot even move or feel their legs.
TWIICE is the first smart exoskeleton that can recognize the loss of balance and can prevent a person from falling.
In India, an exoskeleton for a full paraplegic comes at a cost of nearly Rs 70 lakhs. The Swiss university is aiming to bring this cost down to around Rs 20 lakhs with TWIICE.
To see how TWIICE works, click on https://youtu.be/PphYGkNENGw.