By: Medical Robots, 2015
Material: Polyamide (Nylon) / TPU 92A-1
Technology: Laser Sintering
Manufactured by: Dirk Wenmakers & Materialise

By controlling the pelvis and correcting the gait of children with cerebral palsy or other handicaps, the HIBBOT is a lightweight robot designed to allow children with disabilities move, leading to a better social and psychological way to play and exercise with both hands.

Dirk Wenmakers is an engineer with a Master’s in Mechanics. Motivated by a personal interest in design mechanisms on the border between engineering and art, his professional work involves the design of robots, mechanical products, and mechanisms. He develops these designs on paper and then builds and tests them using 3D software (3D model, strength analyses, dynamic simulation). Dirk also creates drawings for construction projects and, in turn, has a strong network of companies that can make and assemble the parts.His previous projects include the badminton-playing robot from Flanders Make: Jada on YouTube.

Ria Cuppers is a physiotherapist specializing in pediatric revalidation. In this field, she conducts the evaluation, treatment, and follow-up of children with neurodevelopmental, psychomotor, and motor disorders. As the co-owner and coordinator of the Baert-Cuppers practice, she instructs child care providers on orthotic devices, handling, and positioning. In addition to these positions, she is engaged in a project of Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT Flanders Belgium). Since 2001, Ria has also been a mentor for students engaged in internships as part of KU Leuven’s Master in Pediatric Revalidation and the RU Gent.
Jos Seyler is a CPO-certified prosthetist/orthotist. He is also the owner Of Jestoh BVBA and an expert at V!GO Group.