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This Stealth Startup Is Using Electrical Stimulation to Help People Walk Again

Some 33 million people in the U.S., or 1 in 7 Americans, have disabilities related to mobility, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Considered something of a silent health epidemic, the degree to which older and middle-aged Americans struggle with difficulties walking or climbing is immense.

However, a relatively new therapeutic technique, known as functional electrical stimulation, uses electrical pulses to artificially stimulate muscles and has shown some promise in increasing activity in people with impairments, such as neurological damage or multiple sclerosis.

California startup Evolution Devices, Inc, based in Berkeley, has sought to leverage this therapeutic technique and harness it into a wearable, easy-to-use device. The company, founded in 2017, has spent the last three years developing the EvoWalk, a “non-intrusive sleeve” that is fitted around a person’s leg and uses tiny sensors to analyze their walking patterns (or “gait”). The sleeve subsequently utilizes machine learning and AI to create a customized personalized stimulation algorithm, a pattern of electrical stimulations, calibrated to stimulate their muscles and help them walk better. Read from source….