True revolutions are always silent. And this year, the summer brought an important one. Before this June 21, in fact, there was no exoskeleton suitable for children. And it was a problem for those with disabilities who could not rely on this opportunity.
The extraordinary determination of a Spanish scientist, Elena Garcia Armada, allowed this technology to come to light. Today, 50 years after the first steps, and 9 years after the first prototype, the adaptable exoskeleton is a reality.
An exoskeleton for children
As you know, a exoskeleton is a motorized device that is attached to one or more human limbs to restore mobility or increase capabilities. In 2013, Daniela, a 13-year-old Spanish woman, took her first steps with the first exoskeleton of Elena Garcia Armada, an engineering professor at the Spanish Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
The need to develop this technology for children as well is crucial. Children have an increased risk of muscle breakdown and spinal deformation at a young age. Supporting them, helping them even in their passing phases is what we all want from the future.
17 million families worldwide are affected by motor disabilities in children, but today there is no such technological solution for them. The Armada has set itself the goal of making their life easier ... It has founded a medical research facility, the Marsi Bionics, who produced his first prototypes, patented two of his ideas and worked tirelessly right from the start.
Years later, Marsi Bionics employs 25 people, and its children's exoskeleton has just received authorization for use in Mexico and in European Union hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
How does the Marsi Bionics children's exoskeleton work?
It's great technology for three to ten-year-olds. It is as if it grows with you them. The suit is adjustable and equipped with a battery and works via artificial intelligence-assisted springs. The exoskeleton, which covers the child's body from the feet to the trunk, mimics natural walking and supports them.
For parents and caregivers who have been waiting for this exoskeleton for years, it's a small revolution.
From today, a journey begins that can only bring news: in the near future, such a tool could accompany children born with disabilities, in a 'technological ability' that keeps them for life on the same level as that of the 'able-bodied'. .