Newsletter June 2018

Newsletter June 2018

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Introduction

Dear reader,

Last month was again a very busy, but very fun month. This month was full of events, we are further in the assembly and there is a lot of testing taking place. Everyone is working very hard to make the exoskeleton do an airgait (to let the exoskeleton walk in the air). Before we can reach this, some bugs in the software are being resolved and unforeseen problems are also being solved. But, this is exactly where we are trained on as a dreamteam: Being very flexible and solving problems! We will tell in a glance what we experienced this month and what is coming the upcoming month.

Have fun reading!

Robbert de Lange en Magali Ponds

Last month

Damen Raceroei Regatta
In the weekend of the 5th and 6th of May 2018 the Deltsche Studenten Roeivereniging "Laga" organised the Damen Raceroei Regatta for the sixth time. The Damen Raceroei Regatta focuses on (sub)top rowers. It is the ideal moment to face off with the rest of the Dutch rowing scene. A regatta where the races are all that matter. As the sixth edition of this event it was, again, a unique event where we were present with our exoskeleton to tell rowing students about the technology. We hope that we made the students very enthusiastic about the exoskeleton technology!

Neurocontrol Symposium
On monday the 14th of May Project MARCH was attending the Neurocontrol Symposium at Soesterberg. During this symposium the resluts of research of partners from the NeuroControl-consortium were presented. After the presentation Project MARCH had the opportunity to present the exoskeleton to the attenders to also tell them about the exoskeleton. It was a very sunny day where we enjoyed ourselves!

Bringing Back Motion
Every academical year the faculty of Biomedical Technology of the Eindhoven University of Technology organizes an oneday sypmosium which this year was on the 15th of May. This edition was dedicated to 'Bringing Back Motion': biomedical and technological developments in the field of rehabilitation. We really liked that we were invited by fellow technical students to speak there! Evelien and Lennart traveled to Eindhoven University of Technology to discuss technology with enthusiastic students.

MARCH I to the Municipality
As mentioned in the previous newsletter, this month the MARCH I, the first exoskeleton of Project MARCH, was placed in the town hall. It was a very nice opening with nice talks from both Project MARCH and Ferrie Förster: alderman for economics, culture and spatial planning at the Municipality of Delft. If you are curious about the exoskeleton, or happen to catch the train, you can visit it at the Town Hall in Delft!

Open day TU Delft 26 mei
Project MARCH was attending the open days of the TU Delft. This time we were present together with MST (Molecular Science & Technology) at the aula to make potential students of the TU Delft enthusiastic with help of our exoskeleton.

Technical Update

Last month was mainly focused on preparing the 'airgait': Making a walking movement in the air with the exoskeleton. In preparation, our Software department has been very busy to solve bugs and problems in the software so that after the assembly everything can run as flawlessly as possible. They have come a long way and it looks promising for the software! After a hectic month it is finally time for the assembly: This week the exoskeleton will be put together! We have been looking forward to this and we find it very exciting. In a project like ours, a 'Research and Development' project, you never know whether things will go well or not. Keep following us to keep up to date!

Upcoming month

Night of the Nerds 5th of June

Campusrun 6th of June
This wednesday we will open te Campusrun with Sjaan! Besides, many of our team members will run the Campusrun to raise momey for Dwarslaesie Organisatie Nederland (DON). The registration fee is donated to the DON. Come to watch or run along to donate money to the DON.

Dutch Technology Week 9th of June

Future Flux Festival 15h of June

EWI Medewerkersfeest 16th of June

SUMMA The exquisit Body symposium 19th of June

Exoskelet naar Global Electronics 21st of June

Tot slot

A lot to work on next month! We hope to test the exoskeleton in the coming months to start training with Sjaan in the exoskeleton. Keep a close eye on our Social Media for our PR Campagin IV. In the next newsletter you will receive more information about the exciting period that we are currently in.

See you then!

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Newsletter May 2018

Newsletter May 2018

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Introduction

Dear reader,

After a month filled with production, several tours and the introduction of the new team, it is time for a new newsletter. In the past few weeks several parts have been coming in, which means that the assembly-phase has now officially started. For our team this is, of course, the moment we have all been waiting for. All of our hard work will finally get paid off and all the different subprojects will finally come together. At the end of this month we will know if the MARCH III can walk! In other words, a very exciting month in the offing. But first, let's look back on all the activities of past month. Because it has not been quiet in the office of Project MARCH...

Have fun reading!

Robbert de Lange and Magali Ponds

Last Month

MARCH I to the Townhall Delft

Last month we took the first prototype of Project MARCH, the MARCH I, out of her flightcase. This prototype will be getting a new home soon. On behalf of the Delft City of Technology the exoskeleton will be displayed at the town hall of Delft for undetermined time. In the week of May 7th the exoskeleton will be transported form the D:DREAMhall to her new location at the railway Station in Delft. Are you curious about this prototype and her new residence? Then visit the official reveal in the week of May 14th. More information about this event will be announced on our Facebook soon!

MARCH IV

As you might know is the following team of Project MARCH, MARCH IV, finally complete. Before they will start their full-time year in the D:DREAMhall and their design of the exoskeleton, they will first have to get known in the D:DREAMhall. In the first week of May their introduction period was kicked off. Finally all new team members got the chance to meet each other for the first time. Even for our team, MARCH III, was this of course a very exciting moment! Fortunately the spark hit on and the basis for good friendships and pleasant cowork have been made!

Interview Omroep Wetering

On behalf of the reveal of the new design of the MARCH III, Project MARCH was invited to an interview at Omroep Wetering. Here we could tell all their close followers about the new developments and innovations of the new MARCH prototype. Team Manager, Lennart Schut, and PR Manager, Magali Ponds, enlightened all the new features in a short interview. Curious? Check out the interview at our YouTube channel of Facebook page.

Tours

This month we had some cool tours. Below we will highlight some of them!

Crowdfunding

This month the D:DREAMhall tours for the donators of our crowdfunding #MakeUsMARCH took place. On Thursday night the 12th and Wednesday night 18th of April we hosted several donators and showed them all the secrets of our project.

BEST
On thurday the 3th of May 27 international students of the international student association BEST Delft came by at the D:DREAMhall to get a tour of Project MARCH. These international students came to the TU Delft to learn about Swarm Robotics during a ten-day course. Project MARCH fits perfect to explain the common techniques in robotics and exoskeletons. It was a very fun session with very interesting questions from the students.

Europese Parliament
Besides we had the opportunity to give a pitch to a group of European P
arliamentarians! On Thursday the 12th of april they came by the D:DREAMhall to learn more about our project. Below a picture is shown of Lennart doing the pitch.

Technical update

After a month full of production and the delivery of several parts it is now time to start the Assembly Phase. The first parts have been assembled together and the whole exoskeleton starts to take a physical shape. To start with all seperate parts are assembled, like the joints and the backpack, so that the total MARCH III can be built up really quick. Besides that, the 'straps' and 'paddings' are being made to provide our pilot Sjaan with good support. The boys of the electrical department strive for the finishing up of the last components and work their way through an enormous load of cables to provide a clean and compact electronical architecture. Furthermore, the Software boys are one step closer to the development of a natural walking patter. Error after error is being found and solved. Shortly, a lot of progress is being made. Although it might sometimes be a race against the clock, the result is more than worth it!

Upcoming month

Also in the next month there is enough to do for our team. There will start a new PR campaign, the MARCH I will be moved to the station of Delft and the airgait of the MARCH III is plannend. Besides that, our team will also be participating in several events!

PR Campaign IV

This week we will finally end the campaign #MeetMARCH. After having introduced all the subprojects of Project MARCH it is now time for ourselves, department Operational. Afterwards it will definitely not be quiet at our Social Media channels, since a new social media campaign will be introduced immediately afterwards. From this week on we will give a sneak preview in the assembly of our own exoskeleton, the MARCH III, in our new campaign the #MakingOfMARCH. Every weeks one or even two now posts will be published! Are you curious about the progress of the assembly? Then follow our campaign closely!

Upcoming events

This month our team will be visiting a lot of events again. Our agenda is fully booked with events varying from symposia to information markets and technical fairs. Please read below for an overview of all the events that are on the programme in the upcoming period. Also make sure to take a look at the event calendar on our website for more information about the events and of course our contribution.

May 14th - Neurocontrol Symposium in Soesterberg

May 15th - Bringing Back Motion Symposium at TU Eindhoven

May 16th or 17th - Official opening of the MARCH I exhibition at the Town Hall Delft

May 17th - ORAS information Market at TU Delft

May 23th untill 25th - MARCH II at the 25 year anniversery of Global Electronics

May 26th - Open Days of TU Delft faculties Applied Physics and Industrial Design

June 2nd - Technology exhibition of 'Stichting Leven In Delft'

June 5th - Night of the Nerds (Dutch Technology Week) in Eindhoven

June 9th - Dutch Week of Technology in Eindhoven

Finally

Enough to do in the upcoming month. For our team this might be one of the most exciting months of the whole year, since we will be able to test our own exoskeleton for the first time at the end of the month. We can't wait to show you the progress. For now, you can follow the progress on Social Media and we will make sure to update you again in the following newsletter.

See you then!

Robbert de Lange and Magali Ponds

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Newsletter April 2018

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Introduction

Dear reader,

The past month has flown by. March was a crazy busy month for us. Technical deadlines were followed up by non-technical deadlines. Besides that a visit to the EPP Group Bureau Meeting in Valencia was on our planning, the time had come for our own in-house event: The Design Presentation of MARCH III. All together it was a very busy, but especially a very fun month full of new experiences. In this newsletter we will provide you with a detailed report of all that we had in March.

Have fun reading!

Robbert de Lange & Magali Ponds

Afgelopen maand

Valencia
Past month four teammembers of MARCH III have travelled to Valencia to participate in the EPP Group Bureau Meeting. This Congress of the EPP was set up to obtain new impressions and inspiration for their future policy. A big chance for the team of Project MARCH to show the exoskeleton to this audience. It might even be a first entrance to creating international governmental support for our technology. During these three days we have met several members of the European Parliament, for example the spanish Carlos Moedas: European commisionar for Research, Science and Innovation. Also the Dutch representatives of the EVP, Wim van de Camp en Lambert van Nistelrooij, came to visit our stand at this congress. And last but definitely not least we got the chance to discuss our exoskeleton with the Prime-minister of Spain: Mariano Rajoy Brey. All together it was a very successful congress for Project MARCH. And besides that, we have also enjoyed the city itself ofcourse...

Design Presentation

This month we could finally present our new design of the MARCH at our Design Presentation: the MARCH III. In August 2017 our team began with the design of the new prototype exoskeleton. We started with 22 students and one, new, pilot. Brainstorm sessions, ideas and detailed concepts we're followed up by each other. From this brainstorm we came up with a definitive choice for a continuation of the MARCH series. In this new prototype everything is about improvement. Improvement of the technology that already exists. But of course we will also implement innovations: We want to make the next step on our journey to a wheelchair free future. This all has led to the design of the MARCH III. With proud we could present this to almost 500 visitors in the TU Delft Auditorium. Besides that the events was also followed by a lot of people via our Livestream, which is still publicly available at our YouTube channel. After the presentation all visitors got the chance to discuss the technical features with our engineers at the Tech expo. And, of course, to toast at the new design with a glass of champagne. It was an amazing night for our team and we look back at it with a lot of good memories.

National Career Days together with DSW

This month we could finally present our new design of the MARCH at our Design Presentation: the MARCH III. In August 2017 our team began with the design of the new prototype exoskeleton. We started with 22 students and one, new, pilot. Brainstorm sessions, ideas and detailed concepts we're followed up by each other. From this brainstorm we came up with a definitive choice for a continuation of the MARCH series. In this new prototype everything is about improvement. Improvement of the technology that already exists. But of course we will also implement innovations: We want to make the next step on our journey to a wheelchair free future. This all has led to the design of the MARCH III. With proud we could present this to almost 500 visitors in the TU Delft Auditorium. Besides that the events was also followed by a lot of people via our Livestream, which is still publicly available at our YouTube channel. After the presentation all visitors got the chance to discuss the technical features with our engineers at the Tech expo. And, of course, to toast at the new design with a glass of champagne. It was an amazing night for our team and we look back at it with a lot of good memories.

Technische update

Meet MARCH III

As the Design Presentation of MARCH has past, we can finally provide you with more inside in the new functions of the MARCH III. In short all new functionalities are presented in the render video. You can watch this video by clicking here.

There are three important focuspoints at the base of the new design: Freedom, Comfort and Safety.

To provide comfort the design of the exoskeleton features extra support points. These points are placed around the tail bone to decrease the pressure at this point and thus to decrease the chance of decubitus. Besides that, risers have been added to the design. This are two supportpoints that closely follow the back of the pilot and provide extra support and stability to the core-area. The risers are 3D printes and made out of flexile material, so that the shape of the body of the pilot can be closely followed at all times. Finally the lower leg fixtures of the exoskeleton have been made detachable. This enables the pilot to put on the exoskeleton suit a lot easier and therefore contributes to the overall comfort of the suit.

And finally the MARCH III focuses on the freedom that the exoskeleton provides to the pilot. This freedom applies to the use of MARCH in daily life situations. By implementing a variable step size gait, it is possible use the MARCH in varying situations.

Upcoming month

Production & Assembly

Before the MARCH III was presented to the big crowd, our 3D model was already finished for a while. After meeting this deadline, our technical drawings had to be made in a short period to be able to initiate the production in time. Within now and the upcoming three weeks the first parts of the MARCH III will arrive at our office and we will thus be able to start the assembly of the MARCH. For our team this is of course the moment of thruth: At this point all different subprojects will come together and we'll get to see if the different parts fit and of course if the exoskeleton works. We will test this by means of an 'airgait'. The first time that we will actually let the exoskeleton walk in the air. We keep you posted with all the progress.

New team

The first half of our year in the D:DREAMhall has past and therefore it is time to look forward to the formation of the new team: MARCH IV. After our busy interestdrinks the deadline for application has past as well. All the job interviews were held and we hope to announce the new team of Project MARCH in the next month. Afterwards all new teammembers will meet eachother for the first time. Very exciting!

Crowdfunding tours

Finally, this month two tours through the D:DREAMhall are scheduled for some donators of our crowdfunding campaign #WhyMARCH. On these two nights the donators will get the chance to meet the new design of the mARCH III and we will ofcourse show them all the secret places of the D:DREAMhall. We are really looking forward to this!

Lastly

Clearly there is enough to do at MARCH Headquaters in the upcoming weeks. April is a month where especially in the technical field a lot of work will be done to make sure that we can make the airgate in May a great succes. But, also for us, it is time to go back to work. See you next month!

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Newsletter March 2018

Newsletter March 2018

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Introduction

Dear reader,

It is already 7 months ago that our project started and that means that the year of MARCH III is already half way over! Of course we have had a lot of great experiences during this past half year. Even only in this newsletter we can look back on several highlights! But also for the upcoming time there are more than enough interesting events on our agenda. Meanwhile the month March has come: One of the most crucial months for our project. This month is so crucial because the production of the MARCH III will finally start! Of course we will elaborate in this point later on in this newsletter. Also in the non-technical field there is more than enough to do: The MARCH III design presentation, a visit to the EPP Bureau Group Meeting in Valencia and the recruitment of the MARCH IV team will start. Enough information to fill up this newsletter. Have fun reading!

Last month

As usual we start the newsletter with a retrospect upon the highlights of the last month. February was almost completely about the crowdfunding campaign #MakeUsMARCH. Still there were enough other things to do in the MARCH offices. We held our first interestdrinks for the new teammembers, visited an event in mall The Hoven and some of us enjoyed their holidays!

Crowdfunding

In order to start the production of the joints this year, we started our second PR Campaign: #MakeUsMARCH. Using the motto #Joinourjoints we asked all people involved with our project for a contribution. This has led to a fantastic result: A final amount of €7665,- was reached. Using this money we were able to order two parts of the exoskeleton: The Motion Contollers and the Harmonic Drives.

The motion controllers are used to control the movement of the joint. The electrical signal sent from by this component causes the motor to start. The motor must spin with a velocity of 3000 rounds per minute. You can imagine that our joints won't be moving that fast. Therefore the Harmonic Drive is of great importance for flawless functionality of the joint. This is the second part where we will invest the crowdfunding money that we collected on. The Harmonic Drive is a special type of transmission mechanism. It translates the velocity of the spinning motor to the right velocity for walking. Using this transmittor, 100 spins of the motor result in only one full spin of the joint. Both components are inevitable for the realisation of a properly functioning joint and thus a movement that is as natural as possible.

VIP visits

This month we hosted to Dutch celebrities in the Project MARCH workshop. First of all the Secretary General of the ministry of VWS, Erik Gerritsen, visited our project. In the light of the Dutch e-Health week, he travelled troughout the whole Netherlands, searching for new medical-technical innovations. Project MARCH fits this category very well and that is why we were asked to give a brief tour and presentation about our project. We even managed to take a nice selfie with the Secretary-General!
Besides that, Taeke Taekema also vistited the D:DREAMhall. As a former tophockey player he, as no other, is interested in the human movement. Together with his media team he went looking for new technologies that are going to make a difference in the future. With Taeke Taekama we shot a short film to present our project to the outside world. Hopefully you can admire this video on our Social Media and website on short notice. Anyways, Robbert has initiated a new friendship.

Interest drinks & interest lunch

Last month the recruitment period of the team of MARCH IV started. Since the team of MARCH III will pass on their responsiblities to the new team after participationin the Cybathlon, it is right about time to start looking for new team members! On the 19th of February we held the general interest drink in the D:DREAMhall, where all dreamteams had the chance to present their project. A week later we organised our own MARCH interest drink. Fortunately we experienced that there was a lot of sincere interest in the exoskeleton technology amongst the visiting students. And that is of course very promising for next years' team! To be sure to have answered all questions, we will organise an interest lunch on the 6th of March in the D:DREAMhall. Are you interested in participating in the team of MARCH IV in the next academic year 2018-2019? Please check out our website: https://www.projectmarch.nl/join-marchiv/ and sign up!

Project MARCH in de Hoven

On behalf of their fifty year anniversary, the mall 'de Hoven Delft' organised the exposition 'Future in the Hoven'. Since Project MARCH has a strong connection to future society, we had a lot of fun participating in this event. This is, of course, partially because it is always great to share the new developments in Delft with the people from Delft.

Vacation

In the week of February 5th a part of the Project MARCH team took a week of for ski and snowboard trips. This was of course to relax after a half year of hard work on the exoskeleton. While this part of the team was abroad, the other part of the team was still working hard on meeting their deadlines. But they will make sure to spend their days of sometime else!

Technical update

Production phase

Last week, on the 23th of februari, the deadline for the CATIA modell was set. Since this deadline is behind us, it is time to look forward to our production phase. The production for both the bones and the joints will start in the month MARCH. For our team this is a very special moment. The whole new design of the MARCH III will finally get some physical shapes. Hopefully all parts will be received during the month of April, so we can start the assembly of our exoskeleton!

Upcoming month

Valencia

Next week four teammembers of MARCH will travel to Valencia to participate in the EPP Bureau Group Meeting. In a two minute lasting pitch our project will be presented with a focus on the future social improvement the exoskeleton can bring. This is an enormous opportunity for our team to present for such a well-known and influencing board. There will be several big names attending this meeting. Think of president Mariano Rajoy Brey of Spain! We are looking forward to these days and strive for leaving an unforgettable impression with our project.

Careerday

In the month MARCH the Careerday of the studies Clinical Technology will take place. In this study the emphasis lies on the technical aspect of health care, which is ofcourse a nice link to Project MARCH. Our team will give several presentations on our project and of course hold a stand on the fair floor.

Design Presentation

Finally: It is time to announce the design of the MARCH III! This will be during the design presentation on the 29th of March. Of course, you, as close follower, are invited to this presentation. Discover which features are added and which improvements are made compared to the current technology. Starting from 19.30 you are welcome for a drink in the Foyer of the TU Delft aula. The presentation will start at 20u. Do you want to attend? Make sure to register via the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/wkhd6e6ZsdBAKvNH3.

As a warm-up for this event, a new PR Campaign has been brought into life: Meet MARCH. Every week we will put another technical project in the spotlight. Watch them all and you will be perfectly prepared for the desion presentation!

Conclusion

We have got a very busy, but also a very amusing month to look forward to. Therefore, keep track of our social media and website for all developments! We hope to host you at our official design presenation.

See you then!

Robbert de Lange en Magali Ponds

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Newsletter January 2018

Newsletter January 2018

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Introduction

Dear reader,

Great to see that you are willing to get into some updates surrounding our project. First of all, on behalf of the whole team of MARCH, we wish you a very happy and healthy 2018! Our team has already kickstarted the new year: The end of the design phase is even in sight! Therefore, we will spend some extra attention on the technical developments within our project. But, of course, the usual events will also be discussed. Have fun reading!

On behalf of the whole team of Project MARCH,

Robbert de Lange and Magali Ponds

Previous month

PR Campaign
For the past month, the Project MARCH social media was dedicated to the PR Campaign #WhyMARCH. In this campaign different people who are involved in our project stated why they believed in the exoskeleton technology. During this seven-week series, we tried to illuminate the exoskeleton technology from different perspectives, backgrounds and interests. In the past newsletter there has already been a short midterm update of the contributions, but ever since the series is completed now we want to showcase the complete overview as well. With pride, we look back on a number of very valuable, unique and remarkable items. Think of HRH Prince Constantijn, Startup Envoy of the Netherlands, and Chris Oomen, CEO of DSW Health Insurances. Underneath you will find a collage of all contributions.
Contributions in order f.l.t.r.:
Eiso Vaandrager Founder of Project MARCH
Karel Luyben Rector Magnificus TU Delft
Ilse van Nes Medical Doctor Specialized in Rehabilitation Medicine
Chris Oomen CEO DSW
Ruben de Sain Pilot team MARCH II
Jos Dekkers Chairman of the Dutch SCI Association
HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje Startup Envoy of the Nederlands
Kenniscafé
On Monday the 18th of December, just before the Holidays, Project MARCH participated in the 'Kenniscafé' in the Balie. An initiative from the Volkskrant, KNAW, NEMO Sciencelink and De Balie. This night was devoted to the theme 'Superhero Science': To which extent does science already manage to realise fictional superheroes in reality? Superheroes are of course an amazing illustration of our technological progress. Obviously, our project fits this theme well and therefore our PR Manager, Magali Ponds, was one of the guest speakers during this night. Wondering how the interview went? The livestream is still available to be watched on the website of de Balie or via this link. (around 52 min)

Technical Update

Sjaan visiting the Dreamhall
Our pilot, Sjaan, visited the D:DREAMhall on wednesday 6th of December to give feedback and brainstorm about our choices that we've made for the design of the exoskeleton. For example, Sjaan looked together with Maxine, our Machine Interface Engineer, at the optimisation of the buttons on the 'Input Device'. Sjaan also evaluated the design choices and thought of new ideas together with the other projects: Joint, Frame and Communication. By means of these, at least monthly, sessions we try to focus on co-creation whilst we are in our design process. Sjaan is very enthusiastic about the project progress so far. We, as a team, are also very happy that co-creation can be such a leading factor in our project. It could not be possible without the enthusiasm and the input of Sjaan.

Besides this visit, Sjaan also visited us on wednesday the 3th of January to give new feedback on further choices in the process. Issues that were suggested in the previous session were also evaluated and further optimized in this session. To give an impression of the day, we added some photos below.

Upcoming month

Crowdfunding
Project MARCH will launch a crowdfunding campagn in the upcoming month as a follow-up on the campaign #WhyMARCH. On wednesday the 10th of January the campaign will go live, where we ask for a donation to purchase the joints of the exoskeleton (the MARCH III). Our Social Media will then be completely dedicated to this campaign. But, of course, we can't do this alone. We need your help! By sharing our posts, we will reach a bigger audience and you will have a chance of winning prizes yourself. Our goal is to reach €10.000 and to reach it, any donations are most welcome. Of course, every donor will be rewarded an acknowledgement for his or her support! Keep an eye on our Social Media! You can soon find the crowdfunding campaign on www.supporttudelft.nl or follow us on Facebook.
Finally

In short, we are looking forward to a month full of fun and important activities, with the Crowdfunding campaign as highlight of course. Step by step, we are getting closer to our final design of the exoskeleton. Enough exciting news to talk about in the next newsletter! See you then!
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Newsletter December 2017

Newsletter December 2017

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Intro

It's a new month and so it's time again for an update on our project. Of course we strive for a walking exoskeleton at the end of our year to participate in the Cybathlon. Realizing this deadline means sometimes racing against the clock. Fortunately the team of Project MARCH hasn't been sitting around in the last month. This newsletter we will pay special attention to our technical progress. Besides that, we want to look back on November, the event month. This brought us to a lot of interesting places. And finally, we will look forward to what the upcoming month has to offer besides the holidays.

Robbert de Lange & Magali Ponds

Technical update

Last month our Technical Department has been very busy with the designing of the exoskeleton. Currently we are in the Low-Level Design Phase where the different projects of the team have to make deliberate choices for the final technical features in the exoskeleton. Prior to this phase, the High Level Concept phase took place. In this phase the team of Project MARCH went into the fuzzy brainstorm. The outcome of this brainstorm are several concepts from which a selection is made. In the current phase, the Low-Level concept phase, these selections of concepts will be further elaborated and selected. To make any further choices, the MARCH II, the second exoskeleton of Project MARCH, will be tested. For example, strain gauges were used for measurements in the last month. By placing the strain gauges on specific places on the exoskeleton, data can be gathered about the forces and deformations in the exoskeleton. We can optimize the design of the MARCH III, our next exoskeleton, with the aid of this data. This is why the MARCH II will contain some extra cables in the future to obtain information for the design process.

Slowly Christmas is coming up on the calendar, which means our concept phase will come to an end. The deadline for the final design of of the technical parts are coming close and production will follow very soon. The Technical Department is racing against the clock to meet the deadlines, which helps to get the design done in time for the next step in our process.

Last month

November is exhibition month and our calander was therefore fully filled with events, exhibitions and presentations. To give an impression of this, we have made a selection of interesting events that are worked out below.

Conference 'Verder in Beweging'

On the 10th of November Project MARCH attended the conference 'Verder in Beweging". This conference was organised by our partner, the 'Sint Maartenskliniek'. Within this conference the emphasis was on the perspective of healthcare of posture and movement in the future. The day programme consisted of lectures from inspiring speakers, like Esther Vergeer (professional wheelchair tennis player), Chris Oomen (CEO of DSW health insurances) and Jan Terlouw (writer). At our stond we were able to share our vision on this topic and discuss the future of the promising exoskeleton technology. Attending this day confirmed once more our motivation for our mission: To give back full mobility to people with paraplegia by means of an exoskeleton.

Precision Fair

On the 15th and 16th of november 2017 the 17th edition of the successful Precision Fair took place in Veldhoven. Project MARCH was present on both days to show our newest exoskeleton prototype, the MARCH II. These days were all about technology. As technical students we felt totally at home here. It was very exciting to discuss our exoskeleton technology with technicians from different backgrounds. All in all, the event was a big success.

Hi-Technology day ministry VWS

In week 46, for the first edition of the e-Health week, Project MARCH visited the ministry of Healthcare, Wellbeing and Sports. In this week, Tuesday the 14th of november was specially devoted to hi-tech. During this day, hi-tech innovations in healthcare were introduced to policymakers and directors. A good example of hi-tech is, of course, the MARCH. Therefore, our team attended this event and gave a short presentation on our project and our vision on the contribution of this promising technology to society. In this way we hope to be heard in The Hague and acquire their support in gaining more awareness for this technology.

#WhyMARCH

Three weeks ago the new PR Campaign of Project MARCH has started. In these seven weeks the Social Media channels of Project MARCH will be all about the question "Why MARCH?". In this campaign seven people, involved with our Project, answer the question: "Why do you believe in the exoskeleton?" Each of them from his/her own unique perspective. Currently, the fourth contribution to this campaign has been put online and the added value from the exoskeleton technology has been enlightened from four different points of view. The campaign started with Eiso Vaandrager, the founder of Project MARCH. He was followed up by Karel Luyben, who represented the technical view on our exoskeleton as Rector Magnificus of Delft University of Technology. Afterwards it was up to Ilse van Nes, medical doctor specialized in rehabilitation medicine at the 'Sint Maartenskliniek', to give a medical view on the exoskeleton technology. And most recently, Chris Oomen, CEO of DSW health insurance, even participated in our campaign. He shared his future vision on the exoskeleton technology in the world of Health Insurance.

Upcoming month

DSW Bruggenloop

Besides working hard on the exoskeleton, the team also does its best to stay fit. On Sunday the 10th of December six team members of Project MARCH will participate in the DSW Bruggenloop. This is a run of 15 kilometers where the participants will run over six bridges located in Rotterdam. The team members are training hard to set the best time on this trail. The start numbers are almost in our mailboxes, and we are really looking forward to the run!

'Feessie van Keessie'

"Feessie van Keessie". That is what we call it in the D:DREAMhall: The party that is given by Kees, the manager of the workplace at the D:DREAMhall. Kees helps all students in the D:DREAMhall to handle all the machinery and produce parts for their projects. But that is not the only thing that Kees does in the hall. Every day cheers everybody up with his singing and his smooth chatter. To close another year Kees throws his own party, where all DreamTeams can look back on the year while enjoying a beer and an 'oliebol'. Why? That can best be expressed by Kees's own words: "Because I love my students!".

Finally...

As you can read above, december will be a very exciting month and we can look forward to a lot of fun activities. These activities will of course not only take place in the dreamhall, because our team has also deserved a week off over Christmas. Therefore, we will be out of office from the 25th up to and including the 1st of january. But fortunately there will be a brand new newsletter waiting for you in the new year. For now, the team of Project MARCH wishes you happy holidays and a happy and healthy new year. See you in the next newsletter.
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Newsletter November 2017

Newsletter November 2017

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Introduction

The start of a new month also means a new newsletter. And this time this newsletter is even written by a new team. Last month we’ve shortly introduced ourselves to you, but from November on the baton is definitively passed on to us. In September we’ve started with our brandnew design and time is flying! Therefore, this newsletter is full all the new developments that have been going on concerning our project. We would like to invite you to take a look at our last month.

We hope you have just as much fun reading this newsletter as we had while writing it.

Robbert de Lange & Magali Ponds.

Monthly report

Meet our Pilot

In week 42 Project MARCH has introduced her third team to friends and family. Amongst them was our newest teammember, our pilot: Sjaan Quirijns. She will be the follow-up of Ruben de Sain, the pilot of MARCH II. As pilot of team Project MARCH it is very important to be in excellent physical condition. Fortunately, that is no problem at all with Sjaan. Ever since Sjaan was diagnosed with a T9 lesion after a sporting accident, she hasn't been sitting still. She got in touch with a whole new world of sports, in which she turned out to be more than successful!
She participated in the World Championship adapted rowing, became Dutch champion indoor and climbed both the Alp d’Huez and the Kautertale Gletscherstraße in the same week on her handbike! But besides sporting, Sjaan has a variety of other hobbies. Watching a movie in the cinema might be her number one leisure.
In daily life Sjaan works fulltime at the Hogeschool Utrecht as functional manager. Her experience with working with different target groups comes in handy during our project. Since Project MARCH works with co-creation, the cooperation between team and pilot is central. Our design is closely adjusted to the feedback of our pilot, Sjaan, in order to achieve the best final result possible: An exoskeleton that is user friendly in daily life practice and hopefully the future replacement of the wheelchair.
Science for Humanity
On sunday the 15th of Ocotobre Project MARCH participated in the Science for Humanity event. This day was meant for future companies, organisations and intitutions to present their newest technologies to both professionals and the large audience. By giving two ‚Tech Talks’ and holding a stand, Project MARCH showed the visitors what our project is all about and what we managed to achieve over the past years.

Open days TU Delft
On friday the 20th and monday the 23th of octobre the Open Days of the TU Delft took place. For the TU Delft these days were, of course, all about recruiting possible new students. To illustrate them the possible applications of technical studies, Project MARCH was represented at the faculties of Industrial Design Engineering and Electrotechnique, Mathematics and Informatics.
D:DREAM Innovation Awards
Friday Project MARCH won the first price in the D:DREAM Innovation Awards! This award is created to reward and stimulate innovation amongst Dreamteams in the D:DREAMhall of the @Technische Universiteit Delft. By receiving this price we can now call ourselves the most innovative Dreamteam. Especially with regard to our social impact and technical contribution in the field of exoskeletons, Project MARCH has made the difference. Therefore, we are very happy and very proud to receive this title. This reward stimulates us to continue our work and #MARCHon.

Upcoming

Events
November is for the team of Project MARCH a month full of events. Our agenda is fully booked with a large amount of events. Please find an overview of our programme for the next month below.

8 november Carrieredag VU Bewegingswetenschappen
9 november Dutch Congress of Rehabilition Medicine (DCRM)
10 november Congres 'Verder in Beweging'
14 november Hi-tech dag ministerie van VWS
15 november Precisiebeurs
16 november Precisiebeurs
18 november Personeelsdag faculteit 3ME TU Delft
23 november Haegsche Lobby
24 november Talentevent
25 november Talentevent

We would like to invite you to visit us at these events, so we can answer all your questions in person. For more information about the events, you can take a look at our website.

Social Media
Thursday the 10th over november we will launch our first social media campaign: „Why MARCH?“. In which the question: „Why do you believe in the exoskeleton?“ is central. Every week the floor will be given to a new ambassador of the exoskeleton and more specific: Project MARCH. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Linked-in and Twitter and keep an eye on our channels.






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Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter October 2017

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The last mile
Last month was not only our last month, but mostly also our most important month. We trained a lot with Ruben and by means of this we kept optimising the MARCH II until the end in order to be completely ready for the last even of our year: the Cybathlon Experience. Here, we were able to test ourselves and our design and besides, we could show to the rest of the world what we achieved in one year time. We are proud of the end result! Not only did we achieve our goal generously, we also surpassed our own expectations. Maybe you followed our vlogs during the week, maybe not. In any event, you can find a complete overview of what the week was like, so that you can enjoy this successful and unforgettable closure of a fantastic year one last time, together with us!
Sunday 1 October
On Sunday it was time for the very last preparations for departure. Almost the whole workspace was packed into crates and boxes and put into the van to make sure we would be able to keep working in Düsseldorf, in case this would be needed. After also the MARCH II had been put safely into the van, we were completely ready to depart the next morning!
Vlog 1 - Packing
Monday 2 October
On Monday it was finally time: the departure to Düsseldorf! After a prosperous car ride we arrived at our hostel in the afternoon. After all stuff was unloaded, it was time to explore the city. We had a nice evening, after which everybody went to bed on time, since we would leave the next morning for the Messe for our Tech-check early. 
Vlog 2 - Departure

Tuesday 3 October
On Tuesday, we went to the Messe for the first time and we were able to explore the track together with Ruben. Besides, we had our Tech-check, during which we had to complete all obstacles to check if the MARCH II satisfied all safety requirements. After some small adjustments to the emergency button and the placement of the crutch on Ruben's body while doing the stairs and the ramp, we passed this check successfully and we finished the day with a promising training on the track. 
Vlog 3 - Tech-check

Wednesday 4 October
On Wednesday it was finally time: our first racing day of the Cybathlon Experience! During all three races we decided to skip the ramp to make sure to set a good time and a good score and we succeeded in this. At the end of the day, we were able to train the slope and door with Ruben, so that we were well prepared for the second racing day.
Vlog 4 - First racing day

Thursday 5 October
On Thursday we had our second racing day and this one also went well. To be sure to complete the ramp and door this day successful, we decided to go for three of the four obstacles again and leave both the stairs and the rough terrain out for once. It turnt out to be a good choice to focus on the slope, since this obstacle went faster and faster during the day and this was promising for the third racing day.
Vlog 5 - Second racing day

Friday 6 October
On Friday it turnt out that we made a good choice by bringing our workspace to Düsseldorf. To make sure we would succeed in completing all four obstacles in time, we decided to make an adjustment to the MARCH II. We made a complete new input device and we printed a new handle with the 3D printer. We decided to move the input device from the right crutch to the left crutch, so that Ruben didn't had to change his crutches impractically during the race and with this we hoped to win time. In order to be allowed to use this new input device during our last racing day, we had to do an extra Tech-check, which was completed successfully. 
Vlog 6 - Third racing day

Saturday 7 October
Saturday was our very last racing day and on this day it had to happen: completing all obstacles within the 8 minutes of the race. This day we had not three but four races on the planning. The new input device turnt out to be a succes, because during the third race we achieved our goal: Ruben completed all obstacles with a time of 7 minutes and 30 seconds. When we thought it couldn't go any better, Ruben proved us wrong and during the very last race he surpassed our expectations: he completed all four obstacles successfully again and this time it was even below a time of 7 minutes! With this we even became second in the final ranking. We are very proud of this results and with a concluding dinner in Düsseldorf to celebrate our success, we concluded a very successful week in a very successful way!
Vlog 7 - Last racing day
More footage
During the whole week we gathered, besides vlogs, a lot more footage of course. You can find this on our Flickr account and of course also on our website. Take a look!

Thank you!
After this successful end result, which we will enjoy for a long time, the moment is here for us to definitively hand the baton to the new team. We look back at a fantastic year, during which we achieved our goal, learned a lot and most of all also had a lot of fun together. We would like to thank you for all your support and enthusiasm the past year. Besides, we would like to ask you to keep following Project MARCH, as this was only the beginning of course! The new team will continue this upward trend and we are completely confident that we, as Project MARCH, will come closer and closer to our vision: to give back full mobility to people with a spinal cord injury.
Team 2016-2017
Let's meet!
Having participated in the Cybathlon competition, the year of team Project MARCH 2016-2017 has come to an end. This also means that a new team, consisting out of eightteen enthousiastic students, has been recruited for the new year. All these students will devote themselves to one shared goal:  Develop and built an even more innovative and versatile exoskelleton than the MARCH II. In august we started our year as new team, and time is flying: The first nine weeks are already behind us! Fortunately, the foundation for a new exoskelleton has been layed and we look forward to the rest of our year, in which we hopefully will be just as succesful as our predecessors.  
Team 2017-2018

Newsletter September 2017

Newsletter September 2017

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The month of the reveal
Last Thursday the moment was there: the reveal of the MARCH II! Last month we did a lot of preparations to make sure everything would go perfectly on the day itself. We are looking back at a very successful day with a press moment in the morning and a special reveal for our partners, family and friends in the evening. Besides the reveal, we also continued with training for the Cybathlon Experience of course, which will take place in one month already. In this newsletter you will find everything you want to know about our progress of last month!
Press moment
On the morning of Thursday the 31st of August, we revealed the MARCH II to the press for the first time. The press moment took place in the Dreamhall. Ruben took the first official steps and this attracted the attention of a lot of different media and we even appeared on the Dutch news! We really like the fact that there are so many positive reactions on our project and we are very happy to share our vision with more and more people everyday. Most of the publication with regard to our reveal can be found on our website (most of them are in Dutch).
Evening presentation
In the evening we invited our partners, family and friends personally to witness the reveal. The evening was led by Donald, who told about our goal and vision but also about the challenges we encountered during the year. After that a lot of excitement was built up by means of the video below, which sums up our year, with the incredible moment of Ruben walking up the stage in the MARCH II. This was the moment when we and the audience got goose bumps. The complete presentation can be watched back via this link. The evening was ended with some drinks, during which we talked extensively to our partners, family and friends. All in all it was an unforgettable evening and we are very satisfied. From now on we can start preparing for the competition!
The reveal of the MARCH II
Walking up the stairs
During the reveal, we showed to the world that we are able to walk with the exoskeleton. The upcoming month we will train for the other obstacles. Last Sunday, we traveled to Nijmegen to practice the stairs with Ruben for the first time. We built this obstacle ourselves with the same dimensions as the stairs of the Cybathlon Experience. This was a success, it went well the first time already. In the video you see Ruben climbing the first step and this went quite smooth. Of course, there is room for improvement especially when he steps down, as this was a bit too fast this time. This means that Software & Control has a point of improvement for the next training. The training was evaluated while enjoying a hamburger in the McDonald's. During the next training we will also try to go up and down the slope.
Training - Stairs
Start new team
While we are working hard on all the preparations and training for the Cybathlon Experience, a new team has started at the 14th of August, consisting of no less than 18 enthusiastic full-timers! In the last few weeks, they got to know Project MARCH, determine their own team structure and made their annual planning! The upcoming weeks, they will work on their High Level Concept. We wish them a lot of success and fun while developing the exoskeleton!

Did you know...
... most of us started their master study this Monday and thus have to study besides doing MARCH this last month?

... our reveal video have been watched 15.000 times already?
... around 2 million people saw the item about Project MARCH on the Dutch news during the news of 8 o'clock last Thursday? For three days we also appeared on the frontpage of the NOS app!
Coming month
Coming month we will keep training intensively and we will practice all obstacles of the competition and keep repeating them until the competition! Besides, we will transfer more and more tasks to the new team, so that they can take over completely after our competition.

Newsletter August 2017

Newsletter August 2017

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A month of milestones
During the month July we have worked really hard and therefore we can tell you proudly that we achieved a lot of milestones. Despite the fact that we want to keep the final design of the MARCH II a secret until our reveal on the 31st of August (more about this later), we will give you an update on our most important achievements of last month.
 
Cybathlon Experience 
As most of you probably already know we will participate in a competition at the end of our year with Ruben as our pilot. In this video Ericka and Marise tell you everything about this competition and our preparations for this competition!
Assembly
On Thursday the 27th of July, it was finally time: the assembly of the MARCH II! After all separate parts were assembled first, we were able to build the whole exoskeleton by means of all these components. We keep the images a secret for now, but we can tell you she looks even more beautiful in reality! 
 
Air gait
On Monday the 31st of July we achieved a second milestone, namely a successful air gat. This means that the exoskeleton is mounted on a special testing cage (as shown on the picture) and that it will execute the programmed gait for the first time in the air. By means of the air gait it can be checked if all software and electronics is valid and if the whole exoskeleton functions well and is able to execute the right movements. This is of course a requirement before an actual person will go into the exoskeleton. 
Training with team members
In order to be sure the exoskeleton also functions well with someone in it and thus is safe enough for Ruben, we first started with some training during which team members went into the exoskeleton. Last week both Xander and Gijs stood up successfully with the MARCH II. They are the only ones in the team with the same leg lengths as Ruben. Thanks to this kind of training all software could be checked carefully and we were also able to practice critical situations that could occur during a training with Ruben. In this way we were able to prepare well beforehand. 
First training with Ruben
On Tuesday the 8th of August it was finally time: our first training with Ruben! It was really exciting to see Ruben in our own exoskeleton for the first time. Although at first not everything worked out as planned, we succeeded and were able to stand up with Ruben in the MARCH II. This was of course the biggest milestone until then and it means at the same time that the training period with Ruben has officially started. This is really motivating for the whole team and we are really looking forward to all milestones that will follow!
MARCH around the world
Although we will be working very hard during the whole summer vacation in order  to achieve a fantastic result during the Cybathlon Experience, everybody is also going on a holiday. On holiday Project MARCH is not forgotten: at this moment we are working on a really nice "MARCH around the world" photo series, which will appear on our social media channels after the vacation.

 
Did you know...
... the new team will go full-time from next Monday and that this means there will be two MARCH teams active at the same time until the Cybathlon Experience?
... we used four different cameras during the first training with Ruben? Two to film the technical details for revision afterwards, one to shoot nice pictures and one to record video material.
... a MARCH around the world photo is already taken in 12 different countries? This will only increase from now!
Next month
As already mentioned at the beginning of this newsletter, the reveal of the MARCH II will take place on Thursday the 31st of August. This is the moment on which we will finally go public with our definitive design. Until then we will be busy with the training with Ruben and the optimisation of the exoskeleton. Besides, we will of course work on the necessary preparations for the reveal and the Cybathlon Experience, that were already started with last month. Above all, keep an eye on our social media channels!