Yumen Bionics creates the future of assistive technology driven by the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy community.
Non-motorized upper body exoskeleton
to support valuable arm movements.
Our technology is a non-motorized upper body exoskeleton, which provides close-to-body support that cancels out gravity in every possible natural position of both arms. This means that no energy is wasted on lifting the arms, so that the remaining muscle force can be used for carrying out valuable arm movements in daily life. Just like playing the piano, building Lego sculptures, practice sports and eating.
Hardware & Software
to monitor movement in daily life.
The sensor platform tracks all arm and leg movements with the aim to provide feedback to the patient and caregivers, in the form of insights and advice on arm activity and fatigue. In parallel, the collected data allows distant monitoring by medical practitioners, and in the future personalization of physical exercises for each individual patient.
How it started
Duchenne Parent Project Netherlands
Founder Yumen Bionics
In 2016 the Duchenne Parent Project Netherlands founded Yumen Bionics to finalize and commercialize promising concepts from either funded research project or community experience. Duchenne Parent Project in the Netherlands (DPP NL) is an organization founded by parents of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The project promotes research in the search for a cure and care for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Duchenne is a rare, genetic condition that causes progressive muscle damage and loss of muscle function. Over time, children with Duchenne will develop problems walking, moving their arms and breathing. Duchenne is an irreversible, progressive disease.
to improve and apply our technologies.
In order to develop our technologies as best as possible, we continuously collaborate with researchers and developers from various disciplines. Moreover, Yumen Bionics conducts contextual user research through affiliated patient representation organisations.
Pioneer project Yumen Exoskeleton
Supported by Duchenne Parent Project NL, 5 young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy are taking part in a 9-month pioneer project. The pioneers and their families will use and evaluate the exoskeleton of Yumen Bionics in their daily life.
Parts On Demand
For the 3D printing process, we have engaged in a splendid collaboration with one of the forerunners in the field: Parts On Demand. A party that, like us, looks at what yields the best result, thinks along with the user and wants to be able to respond quickly to an evolving design. Read more
In collaboration with the Duchenne Parent Project NL and TU Delft Yumen Bionics is developing an E-sports controller for gamers with muscle weaknesses. This project won the SportInnovator “inclusive E-sports” challenge of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports and ZonMw.