Hocoma is introducing a new robotic therapy system that offers body weight support for gait training without resorting to a treadmill. The Andago device lets the user walk on a normal level floor without having to use one’s arms for support. The robot follows along, maintaining proper posture and helping to make walking easy while not requiring anyone to control the path of its movement.
The device comes ready for use and doesn’t require any unusual infrastructure. Most importantly it lets the therapist focus on training the patients rather than helping them maintain balance and weight.
The device has a variety of training modes that can be selected to make things more or less difficult and it measures how the patient performs throughout each training session. The results can be downloaded via a USB port for later review.
Hocoma expects to release the new robot by February of 2016.