The Ottobock C-Brace is giving mobility back to some users who’ve lost it

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The C-Brace is smaller and lighter, so the user does not need to exert as much energy while walking.

For those of us who can move around with relative ease, it’s easy to take it for granted. For those with limited to no mobility, it is a daily struggle. The Ottobock C-Brace is aiming to change that for at least some people. The Ottobock C-Brace orthotic is worn externally and is seeing some success stories already.

The Ottobock C-Brace uses microprocessor sensor technology which allows the orthotic to flex under load including sitting, walking down slopes, uneven terrain and even stairs. The C-Brace is light enough and small enough to wear under clothing. There are also different modes controlled via a smartphone app that allows for different scenarios such as biking.

Here’s a quick bullet list of what the C-Brace offers:

  • Freedom of movement: Walking slowly or quickly, on inclines or rough terrain, avoiding tripping situations, walking down stairs step-over-step, or flexing the leg under a load: the C-Brace lets users experience an entirely new freedom of movement.
  • Small and lightweight: The C-Brace is small enough to be worn inconspicuously under clothing, and because it’s lightweight, the user expends less energy while walking.
  • Enhanced safety while walking: The C-Brace enhances safety by responding in real time, including in possible tripping situations. The user can step or sit down with the knee flexed, and walk on uneven terrain or slopes.
  • Dynamic movement: The microprocessor sensor technology makes the C-Brace even more intuitive to use; movement patterns are more dynamic and responsive.
  • Smartphone control: Users can conveniently control their C-Brace with the Cockpit app, for example when switching to cycling mode. The O&P professional uses the Setup app to individually adjust the CBrace in simple steps.

The Ottobock C-Brace certainly looks promising for some users. Hopefully, the company can continue the research and make the device even better.

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  Source: Ottobock
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