Rat Robot

Tech ID: 21730 / UC Case 2001-320-0


A robotic system and method for locomotion assessment and training of a mammal, exemplified by a rodent. A neurologically impaired animal is suspended over a moving surface in a harness, and the animal's hindlimbs are connected to robotic arms that apply force to the hindlimbs or measure limb movement characteristics. The moving surface can be a physical or virtual surface. A single robotic mechanism comprising two robotic arms can simultaneously apply force, measure limb movement, and provide a virtual surface. Manual or automatic adjustment of load support allows the mammal to step at varying body weight loads.

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Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 6,880,487 04/19/2005 2001-320


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  • Edgerton, Victor Reggie

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