What is Quix?
The World Health Organization estimates there are 250,000 to nearly 500,000 new cases of spinal-cord injuries a year. Once people are confined to a wheelchair, they face barriers that not only limit their mobility, but also their independence and livelihoods as well as their human potential.
IHMC is developing a new research prototype called Quix that will enable people with paralysis to walk. It is a powered exoskeleton that provides paraplegics with increased mobility and independence. It also has the potential to eventually replace the wheelchair.
IHMC will use Quix to compete at the 2020 Cybathlon Powered Exoskeleton Race in Zurich, Switzerland. Quix is also the device that helped IHMC become one of the finalists in the Mobility Unlimited Challenge, a competition organized by the Toyota Mobility Foundation that attracted 80 entries from 28 countries. Over the summer of 2020, we also will be demonstrating Quix in Toykyo as part of the judging for the Challenge.
Who is Quix for?
Quix is designed for people like Mark Daniel, an IHMC designer and evaluator of IHMC’s powered exoskeletons. Mark was paralyzed as the result of an automobile accident over a decade ago. Mark has been working with IHMC since 2010 helping us develop and test our devices. In 2016, Mark piloted our Mina v2 prototype at the 2016 Cybathlon and took home a Silver Medal. See our Cybathlon 2016 project here.
How you can can help?
We need your help for this project to be successful.
Please contact Peter Neuhaus pneuhaus@ihmc