Testimonial Writing a H2020 proposal is an immense task that requires experience and great organizational skills. accelopment provided that and much more to the XoSoft proposal.
Dr. Jesus Ortiz
XoSoft Project Coordinator
Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

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Soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments

The XoSoft project will develop a modular soft lower-limb exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments. The consortium includes 5 research groups and 3 companies each with EU project experience in exoskeleton/assistive orthotics development.
XoSoft, a class I medical device, assists people with low to moderate levels of reduced mobility, enabling them to remain active performing tasks of daily living, which they would otherwise either refrain from doing or could not do. It can also be used in clinics by people with disabilities such as muscle weakness or partial loss of sensory functions. Being a modular system, it comprises an ankle, knee and hip which can be used individually or combined and used unilaterally or bilaterally.
XoSoft is revolutionary: Soft robotics sensors and actuators will be developed using existing basic science concepts and integrated with connected health functionality. It will be the first commercially orientated soft exoskeleton for the mainstream mobility assistance market.
XoSoft is a user-centered design achieved by involving primary, secondary and tertiary end-users throughout the project. It is easy and comfortable to wear, has a significant impact on the persons mobility and health, on their independence and quality of life.
Advanced textiles and smart materials will be developed to create sensing, variable stiffness joints and actuation using technologies such as electrorheological fluids, flexible tactile sensors based on polymeric films with carbon nanotubes and nanowires. Control is through biomimetics to identify the user’s motion and intention and to determine and provide the appropriate level of assistance. Connected health connectivity and analysis enable the wearer and their clinicians/therapists to review activity information. The concept is tested extensively in the lab, is subject to trials in clinical settings and home environments.

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Fondazione Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia, IT

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AreaMaterials
ProgrammeFP7-ITN
Duration01.01.2012 – 31.12.2015
Budget4.2 million euro
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EU-funded health projects are an immense opportunity but also a great challenge. Coordinating and managing your Horizon 2020 project is an extensive and time-consuming task and disseminating your results to the targeted audiences requires adequate planning and dedication. As an experienced partner in both, project management and dissemination, we aim to support the coordinator and the whole consortium to make sure they can commit time and effort to their research and business opportunities.

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I enjoy collaborating together with highly motivated researchers and team members to bring complex and innovative ideas closer to their target audience.

Julia Götz
Project Manager Communications