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MINDWALKER exoskeleton setup demonstrated for the first time in October 2012!

MINDWALKER integrated exoskeleton

October 29-30th 2012, University of Twente, Netherlands.

Project Objectives

A lack of mobility often leads to limited participation in social life. The purpose of this STREP is to conceive a system empowering lower limbs disabled people with walking abilities that let them perform their usual daily activities in the most autonomous and natural manner.

The project addresses 3 main different fields of expertise:

  • BCI technologies
  • Virtual Reality
  • Exoskeleton Mechatronics and Control

The project top level objective is to combine these expertises to develop an integrated MINDWALKER system. In addition the system shall undergo a clinical evaluation process.

Mindwalker Project Research Objectives

Approaches

  • New smart dry EEG bio-sensors will be applied to enable lightweight wearable EEG caps for everyday use.
  • Novel approaches to non-invasive BCI will be experimented in order to control a purpose-designed lower limbs orthosis enabling different types of gaits. Complementary research on EMG processing will strengthen the approach. The main BCI approach relies on Dynamic Recurrent Neural Network (DRNN) technology. 
  • A Virtual Reality (VR) training environment will assist the patients in generating the correct brain control signals and in properly using the orthosis. The VR training environment will comprise both a set of components for the progressive patient training in a safe and controlled medical environment, and a lightweight portable set using immersive VR solutions for self-training at home.
  • The orthosis will be designed to support the weight of an adult, to address the dynamic stability of a body-exoskeleton combined system, and to enable different walking modalities.

Evaluation

The developed technologies will be assessed and validated with the support of a formal clinical evaluation procedure. This will allow to measure the strengths and weaknesses of the chosen approaches and to identify improvements required to build a future commercial system. In addition the resulting system will be progressively tested in everyday life environments and situations, ranging from simple activities at home to eventually shopping and interacting with people in the street.


Public Material

Project's Leaflet - May 2013


Project ID Card


Acronym: MINDWALKER
Project Full Title: Mind controlled orthosis and VR training environment for walk empowering 
 Partners: See details here 
 Coordinator: Michel Ilzkovitz (Space Applications Services, Belgium) 
 Project Officer: Marion Le-Louarn 
Contract Number:  FP7-ICT-2009.7.2 #247959 
Funding Institution: European COmmission (European Union) 
Funded under: Seventh Framework Programme 
Work Programme: ICT - Information and Communication Technology 
Call identifier: FP7-ICT-2009-4 Accessible and Assistive ICT 
End: 31/12/2012  (extended by 5 months => ending date will be May 31st, 2013)
Total duration: 41 months 
EU funding:  2.750M €

 

 

 

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