Every step Chloe Angus takes is a moment of Joy this feels so good Angus is a paraplegic while on a run in 2015 her back started aching followed by tingling in her toes doctors found an inoperable tumor in her spine it had pinched off the nerves below my waist and I was
Going to be paralyzed for the rest of my life they said I would never walk again numerous Google Searchers put her in touch with Dr CAC aenor at Simon Fraser University he and his business partner were developing a state-of-the-art exoskeleton in our exoskeleton we covered all the ranges of
Motions and degrees of freedom that a user needs for um doing all those complex Maneuvers controlled by a handheld device the robot can be instructed to turn on the spot walk side to side backwards how do like those it can even let Angus dance this is me
So the machine follows the motion of my body through a series of sensors and it detects um what I want to do since joining the team at human Ino motion robotics Angus has traveled the world showcasing the exoskeleton saying it makes her feel like her old self the
Day that I stood up and I walked across our lab and my husband happened to come around the corner to see me that day and I walked up to him and I gave him a big hug and and I just said honey I’m back a Rehab Clinic trial is starting soon in
Toronto and it’s hoped that will lead to health Canada approval the exoskeleton could be on the market late next year or early 2025 we are going to approve the safety um in the rehab setting which is a controlled environment and then after we gathered enough data we are going to
Start um building our uh personal use the team’s goal is for users like Angus to be able to walk independently everywhere I can’t wait to have an exoskeleton under my Christmas tree Alissa TBO Global News
Exoskeleton technology has been developed by researchers at Simon Fraser University (SFU) who hope to offer people living with mobility challenges a chance to experience free and independent movement.
The exoskeleton, known as XoMotion, took decades to research and design and is the product of an SFU spin-off company, Human in Motion Robotics (HMR).
SFU professors Siamak Arzanpour and Edward Park wanted to help people with motion disabilities to walk freely, naturally and independently. According to the team, the exoskeleton is now the most advanced of its kind in the world.
Global’s Alissa Thibault reports.
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