Bionic clothing brand CIONIC has collaborated with Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar and his firm fuseproject to unveil the Neural Sleeve, designed to improve mobility. The FDA-cleared “bionic” leg wearable uses artificial intelligence (AI) to enable greater independence for those living with mobility differences, such as those that may be caused by sclerosis, stroke or cerebral palsy.
A statement released by CIONIC says, “Trial participants across multiple locations demonstrated strong improvement on the two key measures associated with foot drop: dorsiflexion at heel strike (94 percent of users), and ankle inversion during swing (88 percent of users). Notably, when combining the two measures, there was an average improvement of nine degrees for participants.” Five degrees is considered to be clinically significant.
CIONIC Founder and CEO Jeremiah Robison initially embarked on the project when his daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. His mission subsequently became providing more independence for the many people worldwide living with impaired mobility.
Delivery of the product is expected in early 2023. Photo: CIONIC