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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a lower-extremity powered exoskeleton to access motor skills and assist in teaching individuals with stroke how to walk again. Researchers at the Netherlands’ University of Twente have developed the LOwer-extremity Powered ExoSkeleton (LOPES), a robotic device to assess motor skills and assist in teaching individuals with stroke how to walk again. The newest version of LOPES allows for eight degrees of freedoms, which provides the legs better movement and less confined therapy. LOPES researchers hope to get the device into rehabilitation clinics by early 2012, with a mid-2012 target for introduction into the market. In the meanwhile, researchers are working on making LOPES more compact and easier to adjust for more personalized training and therapy. In addition to LOPES helping stroke victims, the gait data from LOPES users can be used to help design walking algorithms for autonomous exoskeletons. TITLE: LOPES Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Stroke Victims Walk Again. WEBSITE: medGadget. REF:

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