C-Brace® KAFO

The C-Brace opens up entirely new possibilities for users with its microprocessor sensor technology. Flexing under load while sitting down, navigating slopes, walking on uneven terrain, or going down stairs step over step–all this defines a new level of mobility.

The C-Brace is smaller and lighter, so the user does not need to exert as much energy while walking. This also allows the user to wear the orthosis underneath their clothing. The microprocessor sensor makes the entire gait pattern more dynamic and responsive. The user can also change settings on their joint: switching to cycling mode, using the smartphone app.

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Thigh shell

Custom thigh shell made of fibre composite material

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C-Brace® joint unit with 3D sensor and microprocessor

The 3D sensor in the joint axle measures the current position of the joint every 0.01 seconds. The microprocessor receives and processes the sensor signals and controls walking with the C-Brace® in real time.

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Display

Shows the system status and battery charge level

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Lower leg shell

Custom fabricated lower leg shell made of fibre composite material

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Foot component

Custom fabricated foot component made of fibre composite material

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Ankle joint

Various ankle joints are suitable. The Nexgear Tango is an ideal combination option. Thanks to strong spring force and extensive freedom of movement, it allows for a more dynamic gait and makes the entire gait pattern more physiological and hence more efficient.

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17KO1000~50_B - Knee-Ankle-Foot

C-Brace® KAFO

Reshaping the future

The C-Brace opens up entirely new possibilities for users with its microprocessor sensor technology. Flexing under load while sitting down, navigating slopes, walking on uneven terrain, or going down stairs step over step–all this defines a new level of mobility.

The C-Brace is smaller and lighter, so the user does not need to exert as much energy while walking. This also allows the user to wear the orthosis underneath their clothing. The microprocessor sensor makes the entire gait pattern more dynamic and responsive. The user can also change settings on their joint: switching to cycling mode, using the smartphone app.

Terms and conditionsParaplegia, Paralysis, Neurological disorders
User groupadults
ApplicationsCustum orthetics
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C-Brace® KAFO

The C-Brace opens up entirely new possibilities for users with its microprocessor sensor technology. Flexing under load while sitting down, navigating slopes, walking on uneven terrain, or going down stairs step over step–all this defines a new level of mobility.

The C-Brace is smaller and lighter, so the user does not need to exert as much energy while walking. This also allows the user to wear the orthosis underneath their clothing. The microprocessor sensor makes the entire gait pattern more dynamic and responsive. The user can also change settings on their joint: switching to cycling mode, using the smartphone app.

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Thigh shell

Custom thigh shell made of fibre composite material

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C-Brace® joint unit with 3D sensor and microprocessor

The 3D sensor in the joint axle measures the current position of the joint every 0.01 seconds. The microprocessor receives and processes the sensor signals and controls walking with the C-Brace® in real time.

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Display

Shows the system status and battery charge level

)
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Lower leg shell

Custom fabricated lower leg shell made of fibre composite material

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Foot component

Custom fabricated foot component made of fibre composite material

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Ankle joint

Various ankle joints are suitable. The Nexgear Tango is an ideal combination option. Thanks to strong spring force and extensive freedom of movement, it allows for a more dynamic gait and makes the entire gait pattern more physiological and hence more efficient.

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Benefits at a glance

C-Brace® – custom configuration with smart control

David M. walks through challenging terrain with his C-Brace®.
New freedom of movement

The new C-Brace® allows users to experience a whole new world of movement. At last they can walk slowly or quickly, negotiate slopes or rough terrain, avoid trip hazards, descend stairs step-over-step or flex the leg while it’s under load.

Thanks to her lightweight C-Brace®, Marjan can stand safely on a ladder and focus on her garden work.
Small and lightweight

The new C-Brace® is small enough to be worn inconspicuously under clothing. Because it’s lightweight, the user expends less effort while walking.

David wears his computer-controlled C-Brace® orthotronic mobility system as he strolls through the woods with his children.
Enhanced safety while walking

The C-Brace® responds in real time. This makes users feel safe even when they face potential trip hazards – because they can take steps or sit down with the knee flexed, and can also walk on uneven terrain or slopes.

Marjan uses the convenient Cockpit app to control her C-Brace®.
App control for users and orthotists

Users can control their C-Brace® with the convenient Cockpit app, for example when switching to cycling mode. The orthotist uses the Setup app to individually adjust the C-Brace® in simple steps.

Thanks to her C-Brace®, which she’s combined with the Nexgear Tango ankle joint, Denise can finally dance again.
Dynamic movement patterns

The new sensor technology makes the C-Brace® even more intuitive to use; movement patterns are even more dynamic and responsive.

User Experience

I can do that on my own again

Denise tells her story

Denise has incomplete paraplegia since an intervertebral disc operation. The young mother talks about how her life changed as a result and tells us who gave her strength in this difficult time.

Marjan tells her story

Marjan from the Netherlands has incomplete paraplegia due to cancer. She talks about how her life changed as a result and tells us who gave her strength in this difficult time.

David M. tells his story

David was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in 2016, and his left leg is completely paralysed from the hip down due to a spinal cord injury. He was recently fitted with the new C-Brace and talks about his active life from studying to exploring nature.

Melvin tells his story

Melvin has polio, and his left leg is partially paralysed as a result. He talks about how he was fitted with the new C-Brace and how it supports him in his active life.

I can do that on my own again

Hannah has a spinal cord injury, and her right leg is paralysed. The new C-Brace has boosted her self-confidence. She now manages her day-to-day life with her two small children entirely on her own again.

Wolfgang tells his story

Wolfgang has polio and post-polio syndrome, and his right leg is paralysed. Recently, he was fitted with the new C-Brace. He describes how it improves his gait pattern, and especially how it supports him in tripping situations.

In conversation with Wolfgang

Wolfgang has polio and post-polio syndrome. His right leg is paralysed as a result. He talks about how and in what particular situations the new C-Brace provides him with support.

Hannah tells her story

Hannah has a spinal cord injury, and her right leg is paralysed as a result. Recently, she was fitted with the new C-Brace. She talks about how her life has changed as a result.

In conversation with Melvin

Melvin has polio, and his left leg is partially paralysed as a result. He was fitted with the new C-Brace and talks about his everyday experiences with it.

Functionality

Intelligent sensors for continuous movement control

Walking recalculated

The C-Brace® includes thigh, lower leg and foot components, all of which are custom fabricated. An ankle joint (unilateral or bilateral treatment) or a custom spring element connects the foot and lower leg components. The sensor technology continuously measures knee flexion and angular acceleration of the knee. This allows the C-Brace® to detect which phase of the gait cycle the user is currently in. It can then regulate the hydraulic resistances and control the flexion and extension of the knee joint.

Specifications

Product information

Product typeMechatronic orthotic knee joints
MaterialStainless steel
User groupadults

Product Data

Article number
17KO1000=0_B
Downloads

Documents

Instructions for use
17KO1000~50_BInstructions for use

647G1337=ALL_INT

Instruction for use [short] (qualified personnel) | 17KO1 C-Brace joint unit
Download (Türkçe, PDF 374 KB) Instructions for use
FAQS

Answers for you

How can I find out whether the C-Brace® is suitable for me?

The C-Brace® can be used for numerous neurological indications. However, only a detailed assessment– i.e., an examination, conducted by a certified orthotist – can determine whether the C-Brace® is actually suitable in your specific case.

Assuming the C-Brace® is a suitable option for me – can I test the orthosis first?

Before you are fitted with a C-Brace® orthosis, your certified orthotist can use a diagnostic trial orthosis to determine whether you will be able to use the functions of the C-Brace®. 

How long does it take to learn to walk with the C-Brace®?

Many different factors determine how soon you can walk with the C-Brace® and whether you are capable of exploiting its full functionality. As always, your personal physical condition is an important factor here. However, your certified orthotist will provide you with expert advice regarding this as well.

How do I learn to use the C-Brace®?

When you are fitted with a C-Brace®, your orthotist will of course explain the proper use of the orthosis to you in detail. In the course of special training and exercises, you will learn everything you need to know in order to use your C-Brace® to its best advantage.

Can I shower with the C-Brace® orthosis?

The C-Brace® is not suitable for showering. However, Ottobock’s Aqualine orthosis system is a waterproof walking device designed especially for wet conditions. All of its components are designed for contact with water.

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