The 11th euRobotics Technology Transfer Award was recently presented during the European Robotics Forum 2014 in Rovereto, Italy. This year, the winner was “Float” (Free Levitation for Overground Active Training), an overhead body-weight support system based on a cable-driven robotic setup, which primarily helps patients learn to walk.
Float (pictured) is the result of a joint collaboration between Lutz Medical Engineering (MSc. Peter Lutz), ETH Zurich (Dr. Heike Vallery), and Spinal Cord Injury Center Balgrist (Dr. Marc Bolliger). Float is CE-certified and already on the market. Dr. Heike Vallery, the newly appointed Assistant Professor at TU Delft, who presented the winning application, said: “Float is currently the only commercially available 3D body weight support system, and it meets a high market demand.”
The euRobotics Technology Transfer Award is presented each year in recognition of outstanding innovations in the field of robotics and automation, in order to promote excellence in applied research, and technology transfer between research and industry. The award is supported by EUnited Robotics, the European Robotics Association, and is financially sponsored by the following industrial members: ABB, KUKA Roboter, COMAU, GÜDEL, and SCHUNK.