French company Wondercraft is taking a groundbreaking step to give people with disabilities the chance to walk again.
The company uses cutting-edge technology to develop the world's first marketed self-stabilizing exoskeleton.
Kevin Siette, 35, who demonstrated the innovation in the Evening Edit studio with Elizabeth McDonald, is paralyzed but can remain upright and has a wide range of motion when moving on his own. It shows.
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The battery-powered personal skeleton wraps around the patient and is programmed by electric motors that take commands from “complex algorithms” powered by AI to maintain constant balance and mimic human movements.
The device builds on engineering and robotics advances already incorporated in the company's flagship Atalante X exoskeleton, emulating human gait and enabling hands-free, multidirectional locomotion To do. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the company's Atalante device for use in stroke rehabilitation in January 2023, and it is currently being used in rehabilitation hospitals and walking centers in the U.S., Europe, and Brazil.
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CEO Matthieu Masselin said: “At Wondercraft, driving innovative solutions that support the mobility impaired community is always on our mind.” “We want to see a future where people with walking disabilities have new options to significantly improve their independence, social participation and health.”
WonderCraft has established its U.S. headquarters at CURE, the Healthcare Innovation Campus in New York City.
“Wandercraft's technology, which skillfully combines expertise in biomechanical engineering and neurobiology, exemplifies the innovative approach that Cure residents are bringing to the healthcare ecosystem,” said Seema Kumar, Cure CEO. ”.
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WonderCraft is seeking approval from the FDA for its personal exoskeleton.