SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KSTU) — The exoskeleton e-bike is making great strides at the University of Utah’s Bionic Engineering Lab.
Stan Schaar is enthusiastic about this groundbreaking technology.
“There are many people like me who just need more muscle. Schaar stated that people don’t know how much muscle you lose when you lose your leg.
Scissors, who was helping a neighbor, lost his leg in an injury six years ago. Six lower limb amputees helped Scissors test the university’s experimental exoskeleton.
Schaar stated, “It pushes me like a wind behind me, it helps my walk, gives me almost the same ability as before I lost mine leg,” Schaar added.
He claims he can now walk farther with the exoskeleton and with less pain.
The carbon fiber material used in the device makes it extremely light. The exoskeleton’s AI system detects movement and helps to make it feel natural.
Tammaso Lenzi is the director of Bionic Engineering Lab. He said the exoskeleton wraps around users’ waists and legs.
“Walking after amputation is much more difficult. Lenzi explains that even the most advanced prosthesis is unable to mimic the functionality of the biological foot.
It works by using battery-powered electric motors to make it easier for the user to move.
“The exoskeleton synchronizes with your movements. Lenzi stated that the exoskeleton stops when you stop and walks with you when walking, so the user can control their gait.
Now, the problem is getting this product on the market. Lenzi says that this could be possible in a few years. According to Lenzi, the next step is to complete a licensing deal that they expect to have by the end this year.
Scissors said he couldn’t wait for them to be used every day.
Scissors said, “I feel like it requires a shot in the arms to get it on market, make it accessible to people like me, so their lives have more meaning, and they have a richer life.”
The United States Department of Defense provided $985,000 to fund the development of new technology that will benefit veterans.