FLOAT 2: From supported to challenging robot-assisted gait rehabilitation
A co-supervised PhD-project of Mathias Bannwart with the Spinal Cord Injury Center, Research, The Balgrist, University of Zurich of Prof. Dr. Armin Curt and Dr. Marc Bolliger and Lutz Medical Engineering, Rüdlingen.
The FLOAT 2 is a 4-dimensional rehabilitation device for safe robot-assisted gait training. Inside the FLOAT 2, patients can walk freely over ground, train stair climbing, perform standing-up/sitting-down, and re-learn many other tasks that even involve commercial gait aids like rollator or canes. Within a 3-year CTI-project, the FLOAT 2’s mechanics, data exchange, control, and user interface have completely been overworked. Now, the FLOAT 2 has become a medically certified commercial device for which we develop new training scenarios. These training scenarios should allow the patients to train within a safe environment (falls are prevented by FLOAT 2) while the patients are close to their limits. The training scenarios are embedded within a virtual reality environment that are known to increase motivation and immersiveness of the training.