Groundbreaking technology on display in Louth

Professor David Mullineaux (University of Lincoln), Steve Toon and Tom Priestley (REX Bionics) and Francis Mulloy (Louth Technology Hub) were among the guest speakers. EMN-150303-091935001
Professor David Mullineaux (University of Lincoln), Steve Toon and Tom Priestley (REX Bionics) and Francis Mulloy (Louth Technology Hub) were among the guest speakers. EMN-150303-091935001

A hands-free robotic exoskeleton and a networked exercise bike were just two of the groundbreaking innovations on display at a sports and technology symposium at the Louth Technology Hub on February 24.

Steve Toon and Tom Priestley from REX Bionics - the creator of the world’s first hands free robotic exoskeleton (REX) - and world-ranked paracyclist Liz McTernan were among the guest speakers at the event, organised by onlincolnshire in partnership with the University of Lincoln’s School of Sport and Exercise Science.

Liz McTernan explained how she’s been working with the University of Lincoln and the Lincoln and Louth technology hubs to optimise her performance. Using the very high-speed 3D video cameras at the Louth hub, the university’s sport and exercise science team have been able to film Liz in action and then analyse the footage in minute detail.

By studying the footage and using the 3D scanners and laser cutters, the team have developed a new seat and made other modifications to Liz’s race bike to help improve her performance.