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* Purdue engineering students have created an exoskeleton that can help dogs with hip problems walk better. (2 minutes, 42 seconds)

January 15, 2009

Students design 'exoskeleton' for dogs with hip dysplasia

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University students in a senior design course designed, built and tested an "exoskeleton" to help a dog afflicted with hip dysplasia walk without pain

The course was taught by John Nolfi, a continuing lecturer in the School of Mechanical Engineering. The mechanical engineering students demonstrated the exoskeleton on a dog outfitted with the device, working with a researcher in School of Veterinary Medicine.

The exoskeleton is made of a carbon composite material and conforms to the shape of the dog. It has been tested on a dog and has been shown to improve mobility about 55 percent.

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