Each year, 140 000 people suffer from strokes in France and 100 000 people in the UK.
Depending on the severity of the stroke, patients often need to undergo rehabilitation to relearn skills and regain mobility for everyday life. This can be anything from a few days in hospital to a few months in a rehabilitation centre. Costs linked to rehabilitation amount to approximately £8.6b for the Public Health Service in both France and the UK.
AiBle – an upper limb rehabilitation exoskeleton robot based on artificial intelligence and cloud computing - will use new technology to rapidly improve the rehabilitation of stroke survivors. The innovative robot device will enable remote interventions that are more intuitive and offer better treatment outcomes.
The project is expected to reduce by 10% the average treatment period for patients and by 20% the time resource amongst caregivers. It is estimated to save £480m in taxpayer money and contribute £6m to the local economy in jobs and growth.
Through the project it is expected that more than 200,000 patients in the Channel region will benefit from this novel rehabilitation treatment.