Of the 15 million individuals worldwide that experience a stroke each year, 5 million will be left with a disability (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke). These may include paralysis, movement problems, and sensory disturbances (National Stroke Association).
uOttawa Bionics is building an orthosis device, Allonstride, designed to assist individuals with mobility impairments.
The suit, powered by a pair of motors, detect the intent of the wearer and moves alongside them, providing extra force to substitute muscle weakness or limited mobility. In the future, we would like to expand its capabilities to allow for gait correction, and many other individual and personalized treatements.
We've consulted with both individuals with mobility impairments (IMI) and caregivers alike. Many are frustrated with their lack of mobility, as well as architectural challenges such as stairs, and the accessibility and cost of physiotherapy.
We hope that our suit will allow individuals with mobility impairments to regain their mobility, surmount architectural barriers such as stairs, and improve their rehabilitation experience in an affordable manner.
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