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MICHAEL MCKINLEY

University of California at Berkeley

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AUSTIN: Lower Extremity Exoskeleton for Paraplegics

AUSTIN is designed to provide a new level of independence for individuals suffering from lower spinal cord injury. The device assists a paralyzed individual, allowing them to transfer from a wheelchair, stand up, and walk. An electric motor on each hip is used to execute leg movements, while the user balances using a walker or crutches for stability. AUSTIN has been designed to be as simple as possible, while still providing enough functionality to perform daily tasks. By designing intelligence into the hardware of this system, multiple functions are accomplished through a single motor on each leg. This approach eliminates weight, reduces system complexity, and increases system robustness.