New version ‘robotpak’ for dwarslaesiepatiënt shown
The so-called exoskeleton, i.e. an robotachtigpak that people with a spinal cord injury as well as possible, will this week for the first time be shown by students of the TU Delft.
Ruben de Sain, self dwarslaesiepatiënt, the suit publicly to try.
The students want to be there then in October to the Cybathlon Experience, which they describe as a kind of Paralympic Games with bionic devices. They hope to be there to show that someone with paralyzed legs can stand up from a low sofa, over rough terrain, can walk or even climb a flight of stairs.
“The walk also contributes to the overall mental and physical fitness and has a beneficial effect on the additional complications of a spinal cord injury, such as bladder and problems,” says Ilse van Nes, revalidatiearts at the Sint Maartenskliniek.
According to Ruben, the Sain, which is already known, it means much more: “That after ten years just to stand and family and friends at eye level can look at, gives me a great feeling.”