Kids with disabilities walk with exoskeleton for babies
June 18, 2016
Researchers in Spain are testing an exoskeleton that has been designed to support kids with spinal muscular atrophy.
The disease, which is a rare one, is one of the most serious degenerative neuromuscular diseases in children. It's a genetic disease that makes the muscles weaker, leading to osteoporosis and eventually lung dysfunction.
Researchers have designed the world's first infant exoskeleton that works to fight the degenerative effects. Built from aluminum and titanium, it helps patients walk. It has long support rods that can adjust to fit around the child's legs and upper body and helps the child stand and move.
Aimed at children between 3 to 14 years, the exoskeleton is in the preclinical phase and will be introduced in hospitals soon.