We have been talking about exoskeletons for quite some time now, however most of them are geared towards aging work forces or for imparting superhuman strength at docks. One company decided to do something different; create a child-sized exoskeleton that imparts mobility to kids with disabilities. The expandable robotic skeleton can be used by kids aged 3-14 years and is aimed at assisting children that have been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy.
Spanish researchers at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have created this exoskeleton and have modeled it after the human muscles. An array of sensors and motors ‘sense’ the intended movement of patients and then react accordingly.
The device weighs in at 26 pounds and is so amazing because of its ability to help kids experience the ‘feeling of walking’ for the very first time. It doesn’t just help kids to walk but also prevents them from scoliosis. As of now, the exoskeleton is in the research and development phase and is being used at select hospitals, however, the team is working on refining it and ultimately allowing patients to wear it at home as well.
The goals of this gadget are therapy and improved quality of life for kids. 2 hospitals in Spain are testing the skeleton under clinical trials and the team is optimistic that the therapeutic effects of this device will be proven. Check out the video below for more details: