AIDE is a research project funded by the European Commission. It is aimed at developing computer systems that can enable people with limited mobility and communication, to control their environment and be more included in society. Within the project Cedar will explore robotic arms and exoskeletons. Exoskeletons are devices that a person wears on their body, which are connected to a computer and will help with movement.
The AIDE consortium is led by Universidad Miguel Hernández and includes nine other groups from Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK. Cedar has an important role in this project to represent the views of people living with a neurological condition. In order to do this, Cedar will first talk to people living with different conditions to investigate what they find difficult now and what they would like this system to help them to do. Cedar will also talk to therapists who work in the community in order to find out their opinion on the needs and preferences of their clients in terms of rehabilitation, technology and social inclusion.
This work will help the technical developers in the AIDE project to develop the first AIDE system. Over the course of the three year project a number of prototypes will be tested within Cedar to evaluate their usability and effectiveness for people living with neurological condition. For more information please go to the AIDE website: http://aideproject.umh.es/en and read this leaflet for more information.