Our Mission

The project goal of VariLeg enhanced is to develop a racing skeleton for our pilots Thomas Krieg and Rolf Schoch and to participate successfully in the CYBATHLON 2020. In the long term, the development should contribute to advance research in the field of technical assistance systems for neurorehabilitation and thus support those affected in their everyday lives.

The Challenges

The type of paraplegia is very individual. Especially the varying degrees of trunk stability influence the connection of the pilots to the exoskeleton. Differences in body weight and the resulting forces acting on the load-bearing structures also pose a challenge for the engineering team.

CYBATHLON

Our goal is to successfully develop a working prototype to participate in the CYBATHLON 2020. The CYBATHLON is a unique championship in which people with physical disabilities compete against each other to complete everyday tasks using state-of-the-art technical assistance systems.

Our Team

In September 2018, 15 students from ETH Zurich and the OST Rapperswil joined together to form the original engineering team. After the focus rollout in June 2019, the employees of the Institute for Laboratory Automation and Mechatronics (ILT) at the OST took over the preparation of the competition. They are still actively supported by the pd|z and RELab.

Upcoming Events

13.-14. November 2020

VariLeg enhanced will participate in the Powered Exoskeleton Race at CYBATHLON 2020 next November, and we are hungry for success again!

Our Partners

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Wyss Zürich
MEGA AG
Glatt Lack AG
IEE
Ottobock
MindSolutions, Louis A. Voellmy
Airtech Europe
SFS
Suter Kunststoffe AG
Mädler Norm-Antrieb AG
Swiss Engineering
Bellmann Orthopädie
Compona AG
Friemel AG

Predecessor Projects

VariLeg 2

VariLeg 2 was developed and tested within Focus Project 2015/2016. Although we use VariLeg 2 as our knowledge base, we are not adopting entire parts of it.

VariLeg 1

VariLeg 1 has been the first exoskeleton that was designed and developed within a Focus Project. It was already able to walk and therefore was used as the first prototype and basis of VariLeg 2.

Contact us

Our Address:
Team VariLeg enhanced
ILT Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics
OST – Ostschweizer Fachhochschule
Obserseestrasse 10
CH-8640 Rapperswil

Mail:
silvia.rohner@ost.ch

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