Exoskeleton TWIICE gains international recognition at several innovation events

Twiice team - Fischer Connectors partnership
EPFL’s exoskeleton featuring Fischer Connectors’ solution creates a buzz

Fischer Connectors is very proud to see that the ultralight exoskeleton TWIICE continues to gain well-deserved international recognition at worldwide events promoting innovation.

The wearable, robotic device engineered by the Laboratory of Robotic Systems (LSRO) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) to help people with spinal cord injuries walk again, was one of the 10 finalists (out of 664 submissions from 121 countries around the world) at the UAE AI & Robotics Award for Good in Dubai. At the upcoming International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, TWIICE will also be under the limelight as a major innovation focus, and further roadshow stops are planned in Europe and Asia, including Medtec Japan.

The TWIICE exoskeleton features ultra-light Fischer Core Series AluLite connectors. The EPFL engineering team’s challenge was to make a modular device that could easily be customized for different users and levels of disability. The device needed to be simple, as well as robust, reliable and light.

“We chose the AluLite connectors from Fischer Connectors because they matched our requirements best”, says Romain Baud, engineer at EPFL’s LSRO. In addition to guaranteeing safety and reliability to prevent injury, these connectors were chosen for their compactness, ruggedness and ease of use.

Above all, in this time-critical mission, responsive support was the key to helping the team achieve its goal: “It was very useful to get proactive support from the Fischer Connectors team and get the exoskeleton built on time”, says Romain Baud.

According to Dr Mohamed Bouri, LSRO’s Rehabilitation and Assistive Robotics Group Leader, TWIICE is the lightest exoskeleton of its type in the world. The recognition that is now going global of this very promising robotic device is definitely well deserved.

Photo: Before live streaming. The TWIICE team with handbike athlete Silke Pan backstage at the world premiere CYBATHLON, a championship for athletes with disabilities held in Zurich in 2016.