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1. (WO2018222257) ACTIVE ROBOTIC WALKER AND ASSOCIATED METHOD

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222257    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/024569
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Mar 28 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: A61H 3/04
A61H 3/02
A61H 3/00
A61H 1/02
Applicants: OHIO STATE INNOVATION FOUNDATION
Inventors: ZHENG, Yuan, Fang
WANG, Hongfei
Title: ACTIVE ROBOTIC WALKER AND ASSOCIATED METHOD
Abstract:
A robotic walker (10) and associated method are provided. The robotic walker (10) includes a housing (20) containing a control unit (22) operatively connected to a drive unit (24). The drive unit (24) is operatively connected to a pair of motorized drive wheels (14). The robotic walker (10) includes first and second winches (18), each winch (18) having a strap (60) that can be retracted by its respective winch (18), each winch (18) is operatively connected to the drive unit (24), each strap (60) having an end adapted to be removably connected to a pair of leg braces worn by a user. The first and second winches (18) may retract a portion of each respective strap (60) to move the legs of the user forward. A first control button (40) is operatively connected to the control unit (22). The control unit (22) is configured to operate the robotic walker (10) in at least one control mode and the first control button (40) being operable to start the at least one control mode.