We are VariLeg

VISION.

We want to develop an exoskeleton which makes human walking accessible to paraplegics and thus restore their ability to move more freely.

It is of great importance to us to develop a device fit for daily use in the life of a paraplegic.  Our goal is to achieve this by implementing the novel idea of adjustable softness in the knee and therefore to be the first exoskeleton which does not struggle on uneven terrain and can mimic the natural behavior of the knee during gait more accurately.

In order to put our exoskeleton to a test, we will participate at the Cybathlon in October 2016.

MOTIVATION.

It is our belief that every person has the right of walking, climbing stairs and communicating at eye level with their peers. However, this is often taken for granted, leaving people who are without the before mentioned abilities at a great disadvantage in their daily lives.

It is a great desire of ours to return some of these capabilities to facilitate their lives.

STRUCTURE.

The Focus Project at the ETH Zurich  offers students in their final year of undergraduate studies the unique opportunity to experience the development process of a product in an interdisciplinary team.
Additional know-how that is necessary for the project has to be acquired through self-studies, courses parallel to the Focus Project. Information exchange with experts from the industry play a key role in this process as they allow a practical insight.

Features

Cybathlon

The Cybathlon will take place in Zurich in October 2016. It is a championship for physically disabled athletes, who will use advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies. The competition comprises different disciplines that apply arm prosthetics, powered exoskeletons, powered wheelchairs etc. The assistive devices can either be commercially available or prototypes developed by research teams. After the official end of the Focus Project in September 2016 we will take part at this unique event.

More Infos

Cybathlon 2016: Official Trailer

Countdown

2016/10/08 08:00:00

Our Team

Jannick Oberbeck

Jannick Oberbeck

Mechanical Engineer

Project Manager

Jan Geertsen

Jan Geertsen

Mechanical Engineer

Design

Kathrin Studer

Kathrin Studer

Health Sciences and Technology

Ethics & Safety

Yannik Nager

Yannik Nager

Mechanical Engineer

Technical Manager

Michael Baumann

Michael Baumann

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineering

Katrin Dätwyler

Katrin Dätwyler

Health Sciences and Technology

Health Consultant & Patient Relations

Patrick Pfreundschuh

Patrick Pfreundschuh

Mechanical Engineer

PR / Control

Matthias Bräm

Matthias Bräm

Electrical Engineer

Programming

Gerhard Kuert

Gerhard Kuert

Freelancer

Josef Blum

Josef Blum

Mechanical Engineer

Testing

Fabian Walter

Fabian Walter

Electrical Engineer

Finance

Coaches

Prof. Dr. Roger Gassert

Prof. Dr. Roger Gassert

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Prof. Dr. Mirko Meboldt

Prof. Dr. Mirko Meboldt

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Dr. Olivier Lambercy

Dr. Olivier Lambercy

RELab

Marius Stücheli

Marius Stücheli

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Stefan Schrade

Stefan Schrade

RELab

Daniel Türk

Daniel Türk

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Marcel Gort

Marcel Gort

Student Coach

Manuela Rotach

Manuela Rotach

Student Coach

Marc Meyers

Marc Meyers

Student Coach

Partners

Even though our whole team is working very hard to reach our goals, it is not possible to fund the project without the support of industrial partners and patrons. We are extremely grateful for your support and are looking forward to taking our first steps with you!

If you are interested to work together with us, you can find detailed information about it in our booklet.

                    Diamond Partner                    

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                    Development Partner                    

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                    Silver Partners                    

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                    Bronze Partners                    

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