This Passive Exoskeleton is Designed For Muscular Dystrophy Patients

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Jan 23, 2016
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The A-Gear passive exoskeleton is a highly ingenious device that is capable of completely changing the lives of people suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This particular type of muscular dystrophy causes the muscles of the victims to shrink over the course of their lifetime, eventually leaving them unable to use their arms and legs at all in their daily life.

The device comes in two variants. The first exoskeleton version is a passive setup that doesn't use any power source or motors. The second version is designed for people with more advanced dystrophy, and is powered by motors that are activated by electrical muscle signals.

The device's development has been spearheaded by the Flextension Foundation, and has been in the works for a good four years now. The exoskeleton is capable of changing the lives of Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients by putting their day-to-day tasks back in their hands.