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French startup builds exoskeleton that helps paraplegic patients walk

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A French startup has developed a futuristic exoskeleton device that can help patients with complete lower body paralysis to walk without crutches or a walker. Called the'Atalante', it's a robotic suit that uses sophisticated computers and motors to emulate the way humans walk. The device was developed by Paris-based Wandercraft and is now undergoing patient trials, with the hope of going on sale soon. A French startup has developed a futuristic exoskeleton device that can help paraplegic patients walk without crutches or a walker. It's currently in testing but could go on sale soon Users begin by sitting in the device then moving their hips, which tells the motors in the hips, knees and ankle to move, forcing the device into a standing position.


Are practical personal exoskeletons finally in reach?

ZDNet

A company that develops self-balancing personal and therapeutic exoskeletons has just closed $45 million equity financing. The series C breathes fresh life into a technology class that's been much hyped but has struggled to break out of niche markets. Founded in 2012, Wandercraft, based in Paris, has been around for a while, but it's less known in the U.S. than rival Ekso Bionics, long the marquee player in the space. Like Ekso, Wandercraft was founded to create a mobility device to supplant wheelchairs for people suffering mobility issues. Also like Ekso, Wandercraft narrowed its focus with its first commercial product and is targeting the therapeutic healthcare market (Ekso has since branched into industrial markets, including auto manufacturing).


Wandercraft's exoskeleton was made to help paraplegics walk

Engadget

There's a reason you've never seen fully autonomous exoskeletons that help the disabled walk without crutches: Building one is crazy hard. But the founders of a Paris-based startup called Wandercraft are uniquely qualified to do it. They're roboticists who happen to have loved ones in wheelchairs, giving them both the expertise and motivation to develop an exoskeleton that helps users walk again. After years of development, they're nearly ready to show it to the public, following a round of promising patient trials. Wandercraft ran successful preliminary trials with a handful of clients using "Atalante," its latest prototype.


A self-balancing exoskeleton lets wheelchair users walk again

New Scientist

A self-balancing exoskeleton is being tested in France that enables people with complete lower body paralysis to walk. Many exoskeletons require the wearer to use crutches at the same time, but this one maintains its own balance to help mimic a person's natural gait. The exoskeleton, called Atalante, is made by Paris-based company Wandercraft. It has two movable legs and a back rest, all of which have straps that wrap around the user. To walk, they simply move their hips.


Has a French firm finally achieved the holy grail of robotics? (And will that matter to customers?)

ZDNet

Paris-based startup Wandercraft, which makes a signature robotic exoskeleton that allows wheelchair users to stand and walk, just announced a €15 million B round. The founders plan to use the money to gain necessary certifications and bring what amounts to a stunning new version of an old idea to market. Its device actually replicates the biomechanical marvel of the human gait, which the company claims is a first for an exoskeleton. All make devices that allow mobility-impaired persons to stand and walk. To date, the primary use for such devices is in rehab centers, where there's evidence they may help alleviate secondary complications associated with sitting in a wheelchair and can assist in rehabilitation from accident or stroke.