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Atalante X

A smiling man wears in an exoskeleton that includes strapping around his legs and torso bends down and reaches for a ball that a squatting woman holds out to him.
Self-stabilization in action. Photo: Wandercraft

Atalante X is a self-balancing exoskeleton, engineered to mimic the way humans walk. Equipped with 12 actuated degrees of motion and advanced dynamic walking algorithms, it enables patients with severe gait impairment to stand up and walk hands-free.

Creator

Wandercraft

Year
2019
Country
France 🇫🇷
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Atalante X overview. Video: Wandercraft

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Atalante exoskeletons are produced in the heart of Paris, not far from the Louvre Museum.

A smiling man in a dark red turtleneck and jeans in a tethered exoskeleton that includes strapping around his legs and torso.
Each patient's walking kinematics are optimized for them. Photo: Wandercraft
The exoskeleton stands alone on a white background.
The Atalante X is self-balancing. Photo: Wandercraft

History

Wandercraft was founded in 2012 by a group of four French engineers and entrepreneurs aiming to develop autonomous walking exoskeletons as a better solution for mobility and independent living.

The founders included Nicolas Simon, who'd headed the robotics club at the École Polytechnique in Paris, where he worked with bipedal walking robots, and two classmates, Alexandre Boulanger and Matthieu Masselin, also roboticists. The fourth founder is Jean-Louis Constanza, an engineer and business executive, who was determined to build a robotic suit for his teenage son, a wheelchair user, to allow him to walk.

In 2017, Wandercraft demonstrated its first robot suit prototype, which allowed a paraplegic person to walk hands-free, without crutches. In 2019, Wandercraft announced its first commercial exoskeleton, called Atalante. That year, after receiving clinical approval in Europe, the exoskeleton enabled more than 20 paraplegic patients to walk. Since then, the device has been used in more than 5,000 sessions by over 650 patients.

In 2022, the company launched Atalante X, the next generation of its rehabilitation exoskeleton. The same year, the company received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use Atalante for stroke rehabilitation. In October 2023, Wandercraft announced it was starting commercial operations in the United States through a partnership with the Kessler Foundation, a nonprofit specialized in rehabilitation research for people with disabilities.

Close-up of a person's legs and the exoskeleton, which includes many black boxes holding motors and equipment, and many straps attaching it to the subject.
A dynamic active balance mode uses a motion sensor on the patient's back to follow the patient's movements. Photo: Wandercraft
A smiling man takes a step wearing in an exoskeleton that includes strapping around his legs and torso. A second person holds a strap on his side.
Atalante X's assistance is adjustable so that it can decrease as patients recover. Photo: Wandercraft

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A smiling man in a tethered exoskeleton holds his hands out to catch a ball being thrown by a woman wearing a blue shirt and jeans.
Catch! Photo: Wandercraft

Specs

Overview

Self-stabilizing for hands-free locomotion. 12 actuated degrees of freedom for correct kinematics​. Multi-directional gait and turns. Customized motion for every patient.

Status

Ongoing

Year

2019

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Width
57.8 cm
Height
168.3 cm
Length
66.7 cm
Weight
80 kg
Speed
2 km/h
Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
12 DoF (6 DoF on each leg. Hip: 3 DoF, Knee: 1 DoF, Ankle: 2 DoF)
Power

2 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries