EXOSKELETON ASSIST PROJECT
Our goal with the Lower-Limb Exoskeleton Assist Project, or LLEAP, is to develop a robotic exoskeleton for our challenger, Tamar De Leon. Tamar is a local student at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo studying business. He was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy which prevents him from using his legs. Overcoming the challenges of quadriplegic CP, Tamar is a highly motivated individual who works to succeed in all his endeavors. Helping Tamar gain lower-limb mobility is our primary objective, but we also hope to compete in what is known as Cybathlon.
Cybathlon is an international biotechnology competition for individuals who use powered prosthetic and assistive devices. Athletes with spinal cord injuries can compete in the Powered Exoskeleton Race using exoskeleton suits to help them walk and navigate obstacles. Our secondary goal is to compete in the 2024 event.
Starting in 2019 and aiming for 2024, we are working to complete this time- and labor-intensive in five years. Our task groups are interdisciplinary and fluid, changing as problems demand and ranging from mechanical design to system software to sensing to controls. We start work by researching existing technologies and fundamental principles and then adapting a design to our specific problem. Next comes testing, refinement, and the cycle repeats!
This project is open to members of all years and majors who wish to join and contribute their skills and ideas. See below for more information and specifics regarding our current tasks and meeting times.
Tamar De Leon
For those who can't make it in person, we will also be here on Zoom at the same time!
We are currently focusing on a few main efforts: Prototyping, Simulation, Sensing and User Interface, Software Architecture, and Mechatronics. Check out this short overview video for more details.
In order to get this suit working, we need skills from across the board. Whether you love to code, design, solder, or have no experience at all, we would love your help! Sign up for our mailing list via the form below, and join our Slack workspace to get connected and involved.
We are also looking to design our LLEAP logo, so please reach out if that interests you as well!