Would you like to go walking on your own while you have your hands free to explore the world?
Find out how the Hibbot is developed to enhance your child’s physical activity and mobility
Discover how the hibbot makes the difference
1. Handsfree walking
Motivation and attention increase.
Supports the child's weight while walking, the weights work as a lever arm ,giving a downworths force behind ,the child will be lifted in front and less force is needed to stand right up. The weights can be removed by getting stronger.
3. Reverse brake
Prevents the child from falling backwards. It can be used when not enough stability is present.It can be activated by the therapist and temporarily disabled by the child with a lever.
4. Stabilizing Pelvic instability
The pelvic and lower trunk movements are controlled by a dynamic spring system. The brace , envolving lower trunk and pelvic is attached to the Hibbot. 4 adjustable screws limit the coronal and transverse motions. A dynamic spring controls the sagital movements.
5. Stability compass
Ensures that the child is kept upright when wavering.
6. Fall prevention
Makes sure that when the child falls it only does so until the support mechanism hits the ground. This increases the ability to stand up.
The Hibbot is an innovative walking aid grown out of the fruitful partnership between the clinical background of a pediatric physiotherapist with more than 25 years of experience, Ria Cuppers , and the technical know-how of engineer and serial-inventor, Dirk Wenmakers. CPO Jos Seyler provided the knowledge to produce the braces needed to connect the children with the Hibbot and Philppe Caers joined the team 1 year ago with a mission to get the Hibbot to as many children as possible.
Experience learns the physiotherapist that is very difficult to make the right muscles (esp. hip extensors) work and become strong enough in patients with CP.
During sessions, the therapist can facilitate a nice walking pattern by giving the right manual input and support. Without this support, overuse of flexion in the legs, co-contraction becomes a habitual way of walking. As a therapist, however, you are not present 24/7 with your patient to give the right input and necessary support. This experience and frustration started the search for doing better and brought the clinical field in contact with the technological know-how. As as result of the much appreciated professional guidance and financial support received from the Rotary Club Hasselt-Herckenrode, we were able to further develop our business strategy and launch the first 3 Hibbot prototypes between 2013 and 2014.
By clinical experiences and continuous evaluation, the Hibbot underwent ongoing improvements and became a valuable product with the support of various partners.
Our latest support came from imec through the iStart program and makes it possible to take the steps needed to further develop the product and the company to get the best product to as many children as possible worldwide.
Clinical interest on gait parameters, metabolic cost, effect on activity U.L.,balance, activity and participation level are topic for further research and planned to be started in the near future.
Meet the team
Co-Founder | Head of engineering and inventions
Dirk has an engineering background with 25 years of product development experience from automobile to med-tech.
Co-Founder | Physiotherapist and Medical
Ria has more than 25 years of physiotherapy experience specifically with children
Co-Founder | Business Development
Philippe has an engineering and general management background.