EXO / Exoskeleton Race
About the Team
The exoskeleton " Quix " is the initiative of the team IHMC Robotic of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) to enable people with lower extremity paralysis to walk again. The exoskeleton has three actuators on each leg; one each on the hip, knee and foot joints. The driven joint at the ankle is providing extra stability and safety and is considered a technological highlight. Quix has been developed since 2010 under the guidance of team manager Robert Griffin. The focus was on forward and backward movements, so the biggest challenge for the team is to master the task "Tilted Path". In the CYBATHLON 2016 they had to skip this task, but still managed to achieve second place with pilot Mark Daniel.
Pilot - Mark Daniel
"Every day I am confronted with the reality that I am paralyzed. Every day I face this reality to find comfort in my abilities and not anger in my disability – we all have disabilities and I encourage everyone to live unrestrained.” Strong and touching words from Mark, who worked many or perhaps too many hours overtime and fell asleep one night while driving home.
Mark compares his preparation for the CYBATHLON 2020 to that of a race car driver for a rally. He competed already in 2016 and finished in 2nd place. This year he wants to be among the front runners again and demonstrate how far his exoskeleton " Quix " has evolved. Mark strives to communicate to the public the barriers that a disabled person experiences in everyday life. “This competition is an opportunity to make the issue of mobility for people with disabilities widely known to the public”, he explains, “thereby we can set the course for the further development of technology.”