April 13, 2024

Empowering paraplegic patients with advanced levels of mobility

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Hyundai Motor Company has donated its medical wearable robot, X-ble MEX, to the Asan Medical Center for patient support and co-operative research.

Hyundai Motor signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Asan Medical Center and Citizens’ Coalition for Safety in March. The agreement establishes a two-year commitment to deliver rehabilitation services for paraplegic patients with two wearable robots and conduct collaborative research using the company’s future mobility device.

“Under the vision of ‘Progress for Humanity’, Hyundai Motor is committed to providing diverse mobility platforms utilising our assistive robotic technology,” says Dooha Choi, head of the Business Strategy Planning Sub-Division at Hyundai Motor. “To that end, we will actively integrate numerous future mobility technologies to improve the quality of life for those who are socially disadvantaged.”

The X-ble MEX is a wearable medical robot that Hyundai Robotics Lab developed to help with lower muscle reconstruction and joint mobility recovery. This wearable robot is especially beneficial for paraplegic patients because it helps with a wide range of movements such as walking on flat surfaces, climbing stairs, sitting and standing.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in Korea has granted approval for the robot to be used as a medical device, and it is currently undergoing certification in the United States. Its power source, the battery, has also been tested to ensure it is safe for users.

X-ble is the brand of Hyundai Robotics Lab’s wearable robot for medical and industrial purposes. The name comes from the combination of the letter ‘X’, representing the infinite potential of robotics technology, and the word ‘able’, signifying the capability to make anything happen. The launch of X-ble MEX is the first product in the lineup, with plans to further expand the product range in the future.

Hyundai Motor also signed an MOU with the National Rehabilitation Center in Korea in April. The partnerships with the medical centres will help determine the exoskeleton robot’s potential contribution to medical rehabilitation.

Hyundai Motor has been carrying out global ‘creating shared value’ activities under the overarching Hyundai Continue initiative launched in 2022. Hyundai Continue conveys Hyundai Motor’s unwavering commitment toward a sustainable future. The company is now trying to support the free mobility of people with disabilities through co-operation and the development of mobility technologies.

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