Will a children’s first exoskeleton soon be an award-winning invention?

It would take more than 50 years for the first children’s exoskeleton to see the light of day. This innovation is from Elena García Armada, a scientist nominated for the European Inventor Award. Results will be announced on June 21, 2022.

2013. For the first time in the history of exoskeletons, little Daniela takes her first steps with the help of a walking assistive robot, a tool formerly intended for adults. The feat, the young girl paralyzed in a car accident owes it to Elena García Armada, the Spanish scientist nominated for the 2022 European Inventor Prize, a kind of invention Eurovision. An engineering professor at the Spanish Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) developed her child model after noticing with astonishment that there was an adult-only version. In fact, the first large exoskeletons were built in the sixties, so it was necessary to wait over fifty years for paralyzed children to also benefit from walking aids. Especially since the youth Increased risk of developing muscle degeneration and spinal deformities at an early age, which eventually affects the lungs and heart and shortens life span ”, emphasizes the researcher. However, this robotic device should allow children with neuromuscular disorders to walk effortlessly.

17 million families affected

Once pictures of Daniela’s first steps are shared on the internet, other parents have the same difficulties knocking on Elena Garcia Armada’s door. “ When I looked at the numbers and saw that 17 million families are facing this sad situation and no solution is under consideration, I realized that I had to solve the problem myself. ‘, she explained. Then she decided to establish a medical research center, Marcy Bionics, able to manufacture prototypes, before commercializing two of its patented innovations in the following years. Where, Marcy Bionics Employing 25 people, Elena’s pediatric exoskeleton has been approved for use in rehabilitation centers and hospitals in the European Union and Mexico.

With the help of artificial intelligence

The exoskeleton is intended for children between the ages of 3 and 10, and the exoskeleton consists of an adjustable titanium suit attached to a battery, powered using artificial intelligence (AI) powered springs, that hugs the child’s body, from torso to feet, and naturally mimics walking. ” Not only does his invention improve the health and well-being of children in wheelchairs by enabling them to stand, but it also offers new hope for families and caregivers who have been waiting for a device like this for many years. ”, indicates on his part Antonio Campinos, Head of the European Patent Office that organizes the competition.

13 finalists for the European Inventor Prize 2022

After nearly ten years of research, Elena Garsua Armada has become among the ” The best ever From European inventors. Thirteen finalists stand for the European Inventor Prize 2022, with a variety of projects, from research to industry, through agriculture or even consumption. In the category ” health A team of French-Swiss inventors has developed a therapeutic vaccine platform to treat cancer. But that’s not all, the imagination of some has no limits! A French researcher, for example, developed a method ” decontamination » Soil contaminated with phyto-eating plants! Meanwhile, a German inventor had the idea to manufacture the first easy-to-open lock, practical for opening all kinds of products with one hand, from closing bags and shoes to buckles for helmets. …the winners will be revealed in an online ceremony (linked below) on June 21, 2022.

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