CSIC develops exoskeleton for children having loss of mobility
Exoskeletons give people with limited mobility the freedom to walk freely again. Such condition is mentally damaging for adults, just imagine the kind of effect it has on a child. For grown-ups Berkley-based SuitX revealed the most practical exoskeleton called Phoenix, for people who are not able to walk due to some medical condition. Before that however, Marsi Bionics created an exoskeleton suit for Daniela, a six-year old quadriplegic patient. The suit adapts to growing child’s needs, and that makes it an innovation which will go a long way. Keeping up to the promise of developing exoskeletons which have long term benefits for growing children, Marsi Bionics has lend its technology to help The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) develop world’s first exoskeleton for kids having muscular atrophy.
The exoskeleton suit adapts to child’s growing body overtime
Affecting thousands of babies in Spain and millions worldwide, the degenerative disease results in loss of mobility and other associated complications. This new exoskeleton technology has been patented jointly by CSIC and Marsi Bionics and currently it is in pre-clinical phase for improvements. The exoskeleton adapts to the child’s leg movement and provides the needed assistance to move forward with 5 motors engines in each leg. There is a battery fitted in its frame which allows for 5 hours of assisted walking.
The exoskeleton is targeted towards children aged three to fourteen which covers a major part of their growing phase. This enables the exoskeleton to adapt to changing stiffness levels in the leg muscles thanks to the array of sensors. Motion controller and mechanical motors.