Exoskeletons are usually associated with animals like grasshoppers, crabs, or tortoises – not dogs. But a canine exoskeleton being created by CSU engineers represents a new direction for the rehabilitation of injured dogs.
Anura Jayasumana, a professor in CSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an associate faculty in the School of Biomedical Engineering, leads a group of undergraduates in this long-term project that supplements movement for semi-paralyzed dogs. Instead of a prosthesis to substitute a missing limb, the canine exoskeleton supplements movement for dogs with weak or non-functioning limbs. Until recently, the technology needed to process information fast enough to capture and imitate movement did not exist, so the project may be the first of its kind.