Guest Post by TU Delft TV
On Thursday 31 August, Project MARCH, a team of students from TU Delft, took the first steps with their new exoskeleton, the MARCH II. This is the first student team in the Netherlands to achieve this. After a whole year spent designing, developing and building, the students finally revealed their assistive robotic system to the outside world.
The students hope that this new advance in medical technology will enable paraplegics to resume their normal day-to-day activities. The exoskeleton designed and built by the students in Project MARCH shows that paraplegics can walk again. Using an exoskeleton has huge benefits for the user’s physical and mental well-being. “Being able to walk is good for general mental and physical fitness, and has a positive effect on the added complications of paraplegia, such as cystitis and bowel problems,” says Ilse van Nes, a rehabilitation doctor at Sint Maartenskliniek hospital.
For users, an exoskeleton is much more than a technological device that ‘restores’ leg function. “The fact that after 10 years, you can stand up and talk to your family and friends at eye level is such an amazing feeling,” explains Ruben de Sain, himself a paraplegic and team pilot.
Find out more about Project MARCH here.