“Arise and walk” digital revolution

Wonderful Wandercraft exoskeleton brings ordinary life to extraordinary people

Yoko Tsuno Electronic adventures , one of my favourite comics, by Roger Leloup, ex Hergé’s assistant

Everyday, you stand up, walk and sit at ease, without thinking about it. Except if you’re practicing mindfulness or pushing a stroller in the street.

But for 3.3 million extraordinary people in the United States, life is not so easy:

Fortunately, Atalante, a portable autonomous robot, will help them live a more ordinary life:


It’s being built by Wandercraft’s Nicolas Simon, (electronics & robotics), Alexandre Boulanger (mechanics and aerospace fan), and Matthieu Masselin (robotic algorithms). They leverage dynamic robotics — used for humanoid robots — to let walking-impaired persons walk again.

It’s a fine example of biomimicry, an approach to innovation which seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.

It will be marketed by Jean-Louis Constanza, Criteo’s Chief Innovation Officer, in 2019, first to functional rehabilitation centers and then to the general public.

Other companies such as Lookheed Martin are also improving life, but for militaries or workers. Did they thought of such useful use cases? They named their exosekeleton Fortis.

National Geographic — Trish Aelker of Lockheed Martin describes the use of the FORTIS Exoskeleton.
Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger) 
Pierre de Coubertin’s Olympic motto

Wandercraft may walk further and use Olympic’s motto higher, faster, stronger. Next step: mind control?

Thus, tonight, when you watch Star Wars Rogue One, or tomorrow morning, when you wake up, look forward seeing the Wandercraft exoskeletons functioning everywhere, including in the streets, breaking the disability barrier.