WeaRobot

WeaRobot

Exoskeletons with social impact

Objective: Improve the well-being of people suffering from some kind of injury, disability and the reduction or loss of natural mobility of older adults at a low cost.

In order to address problems of loss of mobility in older adults and people with disabilities, Ernesto Rodríguez Leal created, together with a team of graduate students, an electromechanical suit that helps control the limbs.

 

 

Inspired by the state of health of his father wanting to regain mobility in their joints, Rodríguez Leal managed to get seed capital with the support of CONACYT to start producing the prototype in 2015.

The technology uses brain and muscle signals to determine the moment when the joints of the body require force, through an electroencephalogram (EGG) headband. The electrical impulses go to a microprocessor that classifies and translates the signals that move the device using artificial intelligence algorithms.

In addition, the invention has an augmented reality viewer that shows three-dimensional spaces that when being traveled by the patient, can work their rehabilitation routines in the required body part. In this way, the technology works in a personalized way.

The exoskeleton allows the user to perform their rehabilitation from home, as it connects to an Internet application that allows the doctor to send routines instructions and monitor the progress of the patient. Also, the technology warns doctors and family members in case of some type of accident.

Democratic exoskeletons – Ernesto Rodríguez Leal – TEDxCuauhtémoc

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Competitive advantages

Movement assistant for daily activities and as a rehabilitation device

 

Functionality based on augmented reality, which displays three-dimensional scenarios linked to the user’s rehabilitation routine

 

Real-time measurement of muscle performance, giving greater comfort to the user

 

Cost reduction, for being modular

 

Attractive and aesthetic design

Support received

  • National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), through the Sectoral Fund of Innovation Secretariat of Economy-Conacyt (Finnova) (2014).
  • Startup Mexico (2015)
  • Technological Institute of Superior Studies of Monterrey (ITESM)
  • Prototype financing

Achievements:

  1. Participate in international scale events in Silicon Valley.

  2. Collaborate with the University of Houston to develop its technology.

  3. Win the pitching contest “MIT Hacking Medicine Barracuda Bowl Startup Pitch Fest”, within the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas ((SXSW).

  4. I-Corps Program of the National Science Foundation participation at EGADE .

  5. “Leaders in Innovation Fellowships” (LIF) program participation in England.

  6. Winning the third edition of the World Cup Tech Challenge, in the category of Artificial and Robotic Intelligence held in Mountain View, California (Silicon Valley).

  7. The entrepreneur initiative “” The Venture “named Ernesto Rodríguez as the winner of its third edition. The designer of the company participated for a part of the million dollars that awarded the global brand Chivas Regal, where he won a reward for being the Favorite of the Public.

  8. Part of the Texas Medical Center Accelerator Program (TMCx) where entrepreneurs who venture into medicine are helped, and of which WeaRobot was the only enterprise outside the United States selected to participate; where he competed with companies from other countries such as Canada and Portugal.

  9. A stay at Singularity University.

  10. Currently collaborating with NASA in Houston, Texas.