1st exoskeleton for children, could soon be an award-winning discovery?

It took more than 50 years for the first exoskeleton for children to see the light of day. The invention is from Elena Garcia Armada, a scientist nominated for the European Innovation Award. Results will be announced on June 21, 2022.

2013. For the first time in the history of Exoskeleton, a little Daniela takes her first steps with the help of a walking robot assistant, a tool previously reserved for adults. This achievement is attributed to Elena Garcia Armada, a Spanish scientist who was nominated for the European Inventor Award 2022, a kind of Eurovision for innovation. The professor in the engineering department of the Spanish Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) created the model of his child after noticing with surprise that there was only an adult version. In fact, the first large exoskeleton was built in the 1960’s. So even paralyzed children have to wait more than fifty years to benefit from walking. Especially since young people ” High risk of muscle wasting and spinal deformity at an early age, ultimately affecting their lungs and heart and shortening their lifespan However, this robotic device allows children with neuro-muscular diseases to walk effortlessly.

17 million families affected

As pictures of Daniela’s first step were shared on the web, other parents encountered the same difficulty at the door of Elena Garcia Armada. “ When I looked at the numbers and saw that 17 million families were facing this tragic situation and no solution was being considered, I realized that I had to solve the problem myself. “He then decided to set up a medical research center,” he explained. Mercy Bionics, Able to industrialize the first prototypes before marketing two of its patented inventions in the following years. From, Mercy Bionics Recruits 25 people and Elena Pediatric Exoskeleton is approved for use in rehabilitation centers and hospitals in the European Union and Mexico.

Is aided by artificial intelligence

Aimed at children aged 3 to 10, the exoskeleton, made of a compatible titanium suit attached to a battery, works using artificial intelligence (AI) support springs, embracing the baby’s body from trunk to foot, and walking in natural imitation. ” Its invention not only improves the health and well-being of children in wheelchairs, but also enables them to stand, giving new hope to families and caregivers who have been waiting for such a device for many years. Antonio Campinos, president of the European Patent Office, which hosts the competition, indicated for his part.

13 finalists for the European Innovation Award 2022

After nearly ten years of research, Elena Garcia Armada ” The best of the best European inventors. Thirteen finalists stand for the European Innovation Award 2022, with a variety of projects ranging from research to industry, agriculture or even consumption. Section ” Health 7, A team of Franco-Swiss inventors has created a platform for therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of cancer. But that’s not all, there is no limit to someone’s imagination! A French researcher, for example, has developed a method ” Pollution Soil contaminated by metal-eating plants! A German inventor, meanwhile, thought of making his first easy-to-open fastener, practical for opening all kinds of products with one hand, from closing bags and shoes to helmet bark. … The winners will be announced at an online event (linked below) on June 21, 2022.

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