XoSoft - A Vision for a Soft Modular Lower Limb Exoskeleton

Jesus Ortiz, Eduardo Rocon, Valerie Power, Adam de Eyto, Leonard O'Sullivan, Markus Wirz, Christoph Bauer, Samuel Schülein, Konrad S. Stadler, Barbara Mazzolai, Wouter B. Teeuw, Chris Baten, Corien Nikamp, Jaap Buurke, Freygardur Thorsteinsson, Jeanette Müller

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    XoSoft is an EU project that proposes the development of a modular soft lower-limb exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments. It aims to be user friendly and comfortable to wear, with a significant impact on the person’s mobility and health, on their independence and quality of life. Being a modular system, it comprises of ankle, knee and hip elements, which can be used individually or combined and used unilaterally or bilaterally.

    XoSoft follows a user centered design strategy achieved by involving primary, secondary and tertiary end users as participatory stakeholders in the design and development process. Preliminary findings of the interviews with the different users groups are presented in this paper.

    Advanced textiles and smart materials are being developed to create sensing, variable stiffness joints and flexible tactile sensors. Control will be through biomimetics to identify the user’s motion and intention and to determine and provide the appropriate level of assistance. Connected health connectivity and analysis will enable the wearer and their clinicians/therapist to review activity information. The concept will be tested extensively in the lab, and subject to trials in clinical settings and home environments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWearable Robotics
    Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and Trends
    EditorsJosé González-Vargas, Jaime Ibáñez, Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, Herman van der Kooij, José Luis Pons
    Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-46532-6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-46531-9
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2016
    Event2nd International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob 2016 - La Granja, Spain
    Duration: 18 Oct 201621 Oct 2016
    Conference number: 2

    Publication series

    NameBiosystems & Biorobotics
    ISSN (Print)2195-3562
    ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570


    Conference2nd International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob 2016
    Abbreviated titleWeRob
    CityLa Granja
    Internet address


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