Teams of inventors working to improve mobility for people with lower-limb paralysis, including those with multiple sclerosis (MS), are invited to take part in a $4 million technology challenge launched by Toyota Mobility Foundation and Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre.
The most common causes of lower-limb paralysis are MS, spinal cord injury, and stroke. About one-third of people with MS lose their ability to walk in part or whole, the National MS Society reports, and most patients will require assistance in walking, like the use of a cane.
The Mobility Unlimited Challenge wants to improve life for people with lower-limb paralysis by rewarding innovative solutions for personal mobility devices that incorporate intelligent systems, from artificial intelligence (AI), to exoskeletons and machine learning.
The challenge is seeking teams worldwide to develop such technologies. It is particularly looking for solutions that integrate “smart” mobility technology with the potential to create personal devices that integrate with the user’s body and the environment.
Applications from teams are available online and open through Feb. 7, 2018.