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About the event
An evening lecture delivered by Dr Amit Goffer, the inventor of the ‘ReWalk™’, a wearable, motorized exoskeleton suit, the first commercially available upright walking technology, enabling wheelchair users with lower-limb disabilities to stand, walk, and even climb stairs.
A brilliant example of the use of the ReWalk™ system is Claire Lomas, the first person to use the suit in the UK. After being injured in a horse riding accident in 2007, Ms Lomas was left paralysed from the chest down. After only a few months of training she completed the 2012 Virgin London Marathon; she is the first and only person so far to complete a marathon wearing Dr Goffer’s ReWalk™ suit.
Powered Exoskeletons may enable disabled individuals to carry out every day activities as well as more challenging athletic activities that require upright ambulation. The suit works by sensing shifts in the wearer's balance, showing their desire to take a step forward, for example, which triggers the suit to mimic the response that the joints would have if they were not paralysed.
This lecture will look at the story behind the ReWalk™ suit, the engineering and theory behind how it works and includes a live demonstration.
The presentation of the 2012 Sir Frank Whittle Medal awarded for Engineering Innovations in Sports Performance Engineering will precede the lecture.
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