Project MARCH

The team of project MARCH consists of a young multidisciplinary team of students from Delft University of Technology, with one vision: to increase the (social) mobility of paraplegics to participate in daily life activities, such as getting up from a sofa or climbing the stairs and have conversations on eye level. Project MARCH will develop an exoskeleton that will make this increase in (social) mobility possible.

An exoskeleton is a harness that simulates or strengthens the natural movement of the human body. Next to increasing mobility of paraplegics, exoskeletons can be used for people working under extreme conditions, such as fire fighters or heavy construction workers. By using an exoskeleton, these heavy loads can be alleviated. Although exoskeletons can be used in multiple ways, this team will focus primarily on the development of an exoskeleton for paraplegic patients.

Project MARCH will use the knowledge gained by the MINDWALKER to develop a new more versatile and adaptable exoskeleton for daily life. After a year of engineering and fine tuning, the exoskeleton will be tested during the Cybathlon race in Zürich, October 2016. This will be the first bionic world championships where different teams will compete in different disciplines.

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