Of exoskeletons and service robots – the future of rehabilitation

Of exoskeletons and service robots – the future of rehabilitation


KUKA drives innovation

Image: Woman uses robot arm to grab something on the table; Copyright: RWTH Aachen/RPE & inRehaRob

Robots can help to relearn lost motor skills after a stroke. Such a system is being developed, for example, in the inRehaRob project.

Training versatility thanks to the exoskeleton

Image: Exoskeleton; Copyright: DFKI GmbH/Meltem Yilmaz

In the Recupera REHA project, an exoskeleton was developed.

Image: Man in a wheelchair with robotic-supported system on the upper body; Copyright: DFKI GmbH/Annemarie Popp

The subsystem is attached to a wheelchair. It encompasses the entire kinematics of the human arm and supports the wearer in everyday activities.

Training with a robot

Image: seated patient interacting with ROREAS; Copyright: SIBIS

In order to take a break during training, the patient can sit down on a chair along the running course at any time. The robot detects this and approaches the seated patient to enable interaction via the display.

Exercise therapy for intensive care patients

Image: Patient in a vertically adjustable hospital bed with a nurse next to him; Copyright: Reactive Robotics GmbH

The robotic system automates the verticalization of the hospital bed and thus supports the mobilization of intensive care patients.

Robotics as a resource for human beings

Bild: Elena Blume; Copyright: P. Schmitz

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