Bionic Clothing Innovator CIONIC announces collaboration with Yves Behar’s fuseproject

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The CIONIC cuff allows patients to walk using muscle stimulation. | 1 credit

CIONIC announces a collaboration with renowned designer Yves Behar and his world-renowned multidisciplinary design firm, fuseproject. The collaboration between fuseproject and CIONIC combines thoughtful inclusive design with breakthrough mobility technology to deliver the Cionic Neural Sleeve, an FDA-cleared wearable bionic leg that uses AI to understand and influence human mobility in real time, enabling a better access and greater independence for people living with mobility differences such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, cerebral palsy, etc.

“Building bionic garments that can augment human movement takes a thoughtful, holistic approach. It starts with cutting-edge technology that can adapt to each user’s mobility needs to deliver meaningful results. Then we engineered it. to be comfortable to wear and easy to use. From software to flexible products, our team of experts have pushed the boundaries of the human-machine interface to deliver the future of assistive technology,” says the CIONIC Founder and CEO, Jeremiah Robison Motivated by the journey of Robison’s daughter with cerebral palsy, CIONIC’s mission is to improve mobility for the hundreds of millions of people living with reduced mobility.

“Ultimately, we’re creating not just a single solution, but a platform for bionic wearables that can analyze, predict, and augment human movement for everyone,” Robison says.

Designing to change lives

fuseproject worked with CIONIC to deliver a design that puts user experience first. “It was imperative for us that the product not only provide a significant improvement for users physically, but also remove some of the emotional burdens that come with a difference in mobility.

This involved creating a product in tandem with potential users to understand their needs and create the best possible solution. Good design serves to humanize technology and deliver life-changing solutions,” says Behar, CEO and Founder of fuseproject.

The Cionic Neural Sleeve is designed for everyday use and, most importantly, easy to put on and take off – an essential design element for people with reduced mobility. The lightweight, breathable fabric resembles athletic leggings and is available in multiple colors and sizes. Combined with the intuitive CIONIC app, the sleeve puts the user in control of their own mobility journey.

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The Cionic sleeve incorporates skin pads to enable AI-based muscle actuation and improve patient gait using their own muscles. | 1 credit

Dr. Jacqueline Nicholas, head of the neuroimmunology and multiple sclerosis system at Ohio Health MS Center, defended the Neural Sleeve, seeing two of her MS patients walk better than they had in 10 years after having programmed the device according to their needs.
“It’s the first comprehensive system that targets the major muscle groups of the leg, meaning it has the potential to improve mobility and function with continued use,” she says. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”

Transformative results in real life

Participants in the CIONIC trial at multiple locations demonstrated strong improvement on two key measures associated with foot drop: dorsiflexion during heel strike (94% of users) and ankle inversion during swing (88% of users). Notably, combining the two measures, there was an average improvement of 9° for the participants (5° is clinically significant).

CIONIC also conducted home usability trials to understand the impact of the Neural Sleeve on mobility over time. Not only was reported mobility improved for many of these users, the number of users with moderate to severe pain was reduced by 60%, and the number of users with moderate to severe was reduced by 75%.

Beverly Chaidez, who lives with MS and participates in home usability trials, describes her experience with the Neural Sleeve: “When I started the home usability trial, I could only walk for about five to 10 minutes at a time, and I used a wheelchair to get around outside the house. Today I can walk 40-50 minutes at a time and I haven’t used my wheelchair for over a month. I am hopeful and optimistic that I will be able to find many things that I have lost.

CIONIC now accepting pre-orders for delivery in early 2023.


Editor’s note: CIONIC Co-Founder and CEO Jeremiah Robison discusses CIONIC and the Bionic Sleeve on a recent episode of The Robot Report Podcast

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