At NIWeek 2015, Hyundai demoed a wearable exoskeleton to help elderly people walk. They’ve now incredibly demoed a wearable medical robot that can help paraplegics walk.
Along with the Korea Spinal Cord Injury Association, Hyundai demonstrated how a patient paralyzed from the waist down was able to sit, stand, and walk on flat ground—while wearing the robot.
One challenge in creating these wearables was that human motion has no real pattern, meaning Hyundai needed real-time data from the exoskeleton and robot so they could quickly react to the wearer’s needs.
They used NI platform-based technology to develop a system to handle complex control algorithms that capture data remotely from various sensors simultaneously and control multiple actuators in real time.
Next, Hyundai plans to integrate smart devices into their UI to take advantage of the Internet of Things. Currently, robots for people with lower body disabilities use crutches as wireless UIs. Embedding smart devices into this kind of UI can help users fine-tune changing configuration, such as converting from walking to sitting, or going up or down steps.